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Brook smashes 81 before Wood wreaks havoc as England beat Pakistan to take 2-1 lead in T20 series

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

Brook’s audacious, unbeaten 81 off just 35 deliveries helped raise the bar from 24 hours earlier when Pakistan completed an historic first 10-wicket chase of a 200-run target in Twenty20 internationals.

And with 221 on the board this time, Wood sensationally unleashed the new-ball ferocity England have so badly lacked during his six-month elbow injury lay-off.

Harry Brook smashed an unbeaten 81 from just 35 balls to help England beat Pakistan The 32-year-old wreaked havoc in an opening two-over salvo, matching the 97-mile-per-hour ball that Steve Harmison sent down to dismiss Glenn McGrath in the Perth Ashes Test of 2006-07 during the second of the two and instigating a spell of four wickets for 11 runs that drowned out the noise of Thursday.

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