Brook scored 81 before Wood played havoc as England beat Pakistan to take a 2-1 lead in the T20I series.

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Harry Brook scored an unbeaten 81 before fast bowler Mark Wood wreaked havoc – and equaled the fastest delivery ever – as England beat Pakistan by 63 runs to take a 2-1 lead in the Twenty20 series.

Brook played a stunning breakthrough international innings with Ben Duckett adding 70 as England posted a huge score of 221-3 from 20 overs with Wood taking 3-24 after returning from an elbow injury as Pakistan slumped to 158-8.

Harry Brook played a stunning breakthrough international innings and Mark Wood equaled the fastest delivery ever recorded by an England bowler to turn Karachi’s cauldron into a library last night.

Brook’s gutsy, unbeaten 81 off just 35 deliveries helped raise the bar from 24 hours earlier as Pakistan chased a historic first 10-wicket haul of the 200-run target in T20 Internationals.

And with 221 on the board this time, Wood sensationally revealed the ferocity of the new ball that England sorely lacked during the lay-off from his six-month elbow injury.

Harry Brook scored an unbeaten 81 off just 35 balls to help England beat Pakistan.

The 32-year-old wreaked havoc with a two-over salvo that matched the 97-mph ball that Steve Harmison sent to dismiss Glenn McGrath in the 2006-07 Perth Ashes Test. And a spell of four wickets for 11 runs that drowned out Thursday’s noise.

England took a 2-1 lead before the end of the powerplay, erasing any doubts about Pakistan’s exit on 29 for four.

Fresh off his unbeaten 110, Babar saw a wood bouncer flash over his nose and then steered the next delivery straight to third man. Another short ball from Hyder Ali is uncomfortably late and is caught at square leg.

In the middle, Mohammad Rizwan was castled by England’s three-returner Reece Topley, and when Sam Curran hit one in his first over it set off another fatal crossbar miscue from Iftikhar Ahmed.

Ben Duckett added 70 runs off 42 balls for an unbroken 139 for the fourth wicket.

Wood returned to bag the wicket of Harris Roofe at the death and finished with figures of 4-0-25-3.

The ball dominance during Pakistan’s latest mammoth pursuit was inconsistent with what it had been before.

Brooke didn’t just have any bowling with this dashing touch: always one step ahead, he read the pitch and then played with it, threading the ball through the gaps, over the fielders’ heads and over the full boundary rope five times.

His overseas stroke play came during an unbroken partnership of 139 off just 72 balls with another in-form batsman on the tour, Ben Duckett. In only four previous matches had England scored more than 221 runs for three wickets.

Debutant opener Will Jacks scored a 22-ball 40 to give England a strong start

That they came together in the ninth over was a feat in itself: David Malan and debutant Will Jacks both walked away in disbelief as they picked up the ball at deep midwicket off Pakistani leg-spinner Usman Qadeer in the gym.

Sarri’s Jacks proved more than enough responsibility for Alex Hales at the top of the order as England began to share the playing time between the 20-man touring side, adopting a no-fear approach that encouraged raising and pushing in the early stages of the innings. Time gap of 22 to 40.

But Brooke took things to another level. Earlier this year, he showed his mastery of the condition with the second-fastest century in the Pakistan Super League and he showed similar intent when he picked off Qadir for the first six of the innings.

He didn’t discriminate between spin and pace, hooking the long-leg rope twice and hitting straight after giving himself room to show his adaptability.

England fast bowler Mark Wood returned from two rounds of elbow surgery to take 3-24

The 23-year-old Yorkshireman didn’t seem to put the ball exactly where he wanted it to when he inadvertently bobbled one from Haris Roofe off his own body and into the grill of his helmet.

Duckett played with equal finesse in another fine display of sweeps against the Pakistani spinners, and although his own half-century came seven balls slower than the 24 Brooke needed, the impetus was such that Pakistan were tasked with surpassing their maximum previous chase. of 208.

Something that makes England’s up-front work on the field look fantastic. The tourists wanted to keep Wood until the Lahore leg of the trip but brought him back five days ahead of schedule to inject pace into their attack while trying to remove Babar and Rizwan in the second match.

The inclusion of a left-hander would have provided variety to the bowling attack but this year England have used him as their main T20 assignment, and although they are unable to play the trio in the series opener, David Willey, Sam Curran. And Luke Wood proved very similar in the second with their similar trajectory and pace.

And on what was a perfect night for English cricket, it was the difference between their two players that made a difference.

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