KARACHI: Ben Duckett, Harry Brook and bowlers helped England beat Pakistan by 64 runs to take a 2-1 lead in the seven-match T20I series here at the National Stadium Karachi on Friday.
Pakistan won the toss and opted to bowl first, which the hosts took advantage of and posted a mammoth 221 runs on the scoreboard before restricting Pakistan to 158-8 in 20 overs.
After batter, Duckett and Brook shined with the bat, scoring 70 and 81 runs, respectively, the touring party's batters delivered with the ball.
On their return from injury, Reece Topley and Mark Wood were sensational as they toppled the Men in Green's top-order.
Pakistan openers, Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan, who chased down a 200-run target last night, couldn't continue their top-form as they were sent back to the pavilion after scoring eight runs each off Wood and Topley, respectively.
Meanwhile, Shan Masood, who received his maiden T20I call-up for the England series, was the lone fighter as he smashed 61 runs in 39 balls.
Left-handed batter Khushdil Shah also managed to bag 29 runs in 21 balls.
Wood claimed three wickets and gave away 25 runs, while Topley bagged one wicket and gave away only 22 runs.
Apart from the two, Adil Rashid and Sam Curran took two wickets each.
Earlier, unstoppable Ben Duckett and Harry Brook turned down the volume of a sold-out Karachi crowd as they were glued to their seats following their team's average bowling display.
Duckett and Brook smacked Pakistan bowlers all around the part to increase the level frustration among the spectators. Neither Haris Rauf nor leg-spinner Usman Qadir could control the flow of runs.
Shahnawaz Dahani, who raced the momentum with the ball last night, got one of the bad days of his career. The right-arm pacer conceded 62 runs in his four overs, second-most by any Pakistan batter in the shorter format.
Brook smashed Dahani for 33 runs in just 11 balls to shatter the confidence of the young bowler. Frustrated Dahani looked to take wickets but Duckett and Brook had some other plans.
The two batters scored unbeaten 139 runs together as England posted highest T20I total (221-3) at National Stadium.
Debutant Will Jacks impressed Karachi crowd with his follow-the-ball shots all around the park. The debutant scored 40 runs while remaining unlucky to score his maiden half-century despite confident run throughout.
Usman Qadir got rid of Jacks with a googly. Jacks took 22 balls to score 40 runs including eight boundaries. Usman remained expensive as he conceded 48 runs in his four overs but also took two wickets.
Duckett (70*) and Brook (81*) led the powerful show tonight with smashing Pakistan bowlers. Their convincing partnership led England climb up in the contest to take a lead in the series.
Hasnain took a wicket alongside Usman's two wickets.
Pakistan skipper Babar Azam has won the toss and decided to bowl first against England in third T20I here on Friday.
Pakistan remained unchanged whereas England made three changes. Will Jacks is making his T20I debut. Jacks replaced Alex Hales, Mark Wood replaced Dawid Willey and Reece Topley is playing in place of Luke Wood.
Pakistan:Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Haider Ali, Shan Masood, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Nawaz, Shahnawaz Dahani, Mohammad Hasnain, Haris Rauf, Usman Qadir
England: Phil Salt (wk), Will Jacks, Dawid Malan, Ben Duckett, Harry Brook, Moeen Ali (c), Sam Curran, Mark Wood, Adil Rashid, Reece Topley, Liam Dawson