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Brook, Duckett help England thump Pakistan in third T20I

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Middle-order batters Harry Brook and Ben Duckett smashed robust maiden half centuries in England's thumping 63-run win in the third Twenty20 international against Pakistan in Karachi on Friday.Brook scored a 35-ball 81 not out while Duckett cracked an unbeaten 42-ball 69 to lead England to an impressive 221-3 in their 20 overs after they were sent in to bat at National stadium.SCORECARD | Pakistan v England - 3rd T20IShan Masood led Pakistan's recovery in a 40-ball 65 not out but they finished well short on 158-8 in 20 overs to give England a 2-1 lead in the seven-match series.The match proved an anti-climax to Pakistan's big ten-wicket win in the second game on Thursday that avenged their first game defeat by five wickets two days earlier, both in Karachi.Fast bowler Mark Wood - playing for the first time since March this year following an elbow surgery - dismissed Babar Azam (eight) and Haider Ali (three) while Mohammad Rizwan fell for eight and Iftikhar Ahmed six left the home team reeling at 28-4.Wood finished with 3-24 while spinner Adil Rashid took 2-32.Masood and Khushdil Shah (29) added 62 for the fifth wicket but the asking rate climbed as England's pace-cum-spin attack continued to put the pressure.Masood's knock had three boundaries and four sixes.England skipper Moeen Ali praised Brook and Duckett."It's a brilliant win," said Ali. "We were ruthless with the bat and the way Brook and Duckett batted they showed they are two very good young players and then the bowling was outstanding."Azam deplored sloppy bowling."We didn't bowl well and once we had 222 to chase we needed a good start but losing four wickets inside six overs wasn't ideal," said Azam. "We need to fix that in the next game."Earlier, England

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