Report: Harry Brook and Mark Wood power 'perfect' England past Pakistan
The perfect night for England: Harry Brook showed his class and Mark Wood unleashed six months of pent up frustration by bowling one of the quickest spells ever by an England bowler.
Oh, and Pakistan were walloped by 63 runs as well after conceding their highest T20 total. They needed 68 off the last ball which by then was about as many runs as fans were left in the ground, almost everyone had long before drifted off into the night to beat the traffic home.
Wood took a wicket with his third ball, the prized one of Babar Azam at that, and peaked at 97.1mph in his second over. He finished with three for 25 from four overs in his first game since the Antigua Test in March and two elbow operations that ruled him out for the entire summer.
The batsmen did their part setting a massive target after losing the toss and being put in. Brook was brilliant, smoking 81 off 35 balls, scoring his first fifty for England and overshadowing Ben Duckett, whose rich form continued with 69 off 42. With Will Jacks marking his debut with 40 off 22, this really was a night for the new faces.
“I like Pakistan. I had a bit of success in the PSL so it feels like I am at home here,” said Brook. “I enjoyed batting out there, it was good fun and I was just trying to bat on instinct.”
England lacked pace in the ten wicket defeat in the second game and rushed Wood back earlier than planned after hinting he would not play until the series reaches Lahore next week.
“You tend to be a bit fresh after seven months out, so that's what I'm going to put it (97mph) down to,” said Wood. “The challenge now is to back it up – can I keep those speeds going?”
With Reece Topley also playing his first game of the series, this was a much stronger England attack than the one taken apart by Babar and Mohammad Rizwan on Thursday night.
It was destined to be a one-sided affair from the moment Babar was dismissed off Wood, the extra pace surprising the Pakistan captain as he guided a catch to third man. From chasing 200 without losing a wicket 24 hours earlier, Pakistan were 29 for four at the end of the powerplay, with Wood taking two from eight in his first spell. It took a point-making fifty from Shan Masood to prevent total humiliation as England produced their best T20 performance of the year.
Jos Buttler said he was going to use this tour as a chance to experiment. Jacks was a little bit streaky at the start but he did unfurl some super shots too, his best a straight drive off the 90mph pace of Haris Rauf.
Duckett played his part in a 139 run stand off 69 balls with Brook. Duckett’s sweeping, both conventionally and reverse, has the precision of laser guidance and enables him to lace the ball between boundary riders.
You can tell when a young player has a presence, a certain something that marks them out from the rest and Brook has it. He has emerged to fill the void left by Eoin Morgan to book a place in the Twenty20 World Cup team and with a Test series to play in Pakistan in December, he could carve out a regular slot in that middle order too in the absence of Jonny Bairstow. It could yet be his year.
England had been waiting for this moment for months; Brook in early with time to do some damage. He came in during the ninth over with a chance to show his class and took it.
His eight fours and five sixes were a combination of the classy orthodox and inventiveness in the modern style. He moved around the crease, forcing the bowlers to bowl where he wanted them to and picked off his runs all around the ground, enjoying an almost equal split between scoring on the off and leg side.
Because he is so strong at ramping the ball, Pakistan had to drop back fine leg for protection but that meant having to bring a fielder inside the ring on the off side, which fed his lofted cover drive. When Pakistan did bring fine leg up, he scooped Haris Rauf over the fielder’s head for four.
Babar persisted with spin throughout the middle overs despite it being Duckett’s strength. Usman Qadir and Mohammad Nawaz could not keep him quiet and conceded 74 off eight overs. By the time the quicks came back both young batsmen were well set.
Brook reached fifty first, from 24 balls, with a four, six, four combo off Shahnawaz Dahani and rattled Pakistan pace bowlers served up some tripe for him to smash.
The ball became lodged in Brook’s grille when he missed a scoop off Haris Rauf but he shrugged off the concussion test and cracked the next delivery for four. Duckett’s fifty came off 31 balls and Brook brought up the 200 with a six laced down the ground off Dahani.
Dawid Malan dropped Babar on three at cover, but it was not an expensive miss, Wood doing the business in the next over. Topley’s slower ball suckered Rizwan, and Wood’s pace unsettled Haider Ali, who could only hoick a catch to midwicket. Masood gave Pakistan some backbone with 66 from 40 but Adil Rashid’s two for 32 continued Wood’s good work, two googlies removing Khushdil Shah and Mohammad Nawaz as they hit out and most people went home.
Mark Wood speaks to Sky Sports
"It has been a long time. I felt pretty tired at the end with the intensity of international cricket but I will be good to go again. It was loud and the support in general has been really good. They are really knowledgeable about cricket and very supportive.
"Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan played really well last time so it was good to get them early doors. I felt pretty good leading into the game. I've had lots of time training and in the gym but nothing beats playing a game.
"The challenge now is to back it up. I have a down day tomorrow where I'll rest and get ready for the next game. What's important to not to go too hard now and mean I'm not ready for the World Cup. I have to peak at the right time.
"There's a good feeling about the dressing room. We weren't too critical after the last defeat we just looked at what we could do better."
'The future is amazing for England cricket'
Moeen Ali said: "I felt that was a brilliant win. We were ruthless tonight, with the bat in particular.
"That partnership was outstanding; two really good players and Brook is showing how special a talent he can potentially be. He looks an amazing player. Hopefully he grows and becomes one of those top, top players. With the ball as well, we were outstanding.
"Guys have all got a bit of experience from the PSL, I'm sure that helped and someone like Will Jacks, the way he played tonight, the intent he showed, he really took it to the bowlers and gave us a really good start.
"The future is amazing for England cricket."
View from the losing captain
Babar Azam said: "We tried to get a good start again today but the early wickets put pressure on us.
"In situations like this we try and use the best bowlers but today we were just not up to the mark and England bowled really well today. We'll have a look at our performance before the next match.
"I'm confident about Shan. His confidence and the way he showed himself and executed his plan was really good and I hope he continues to play like this."
Player of the match - Harry Brook
"It was very nice to get out there and have a match-winning performance tonight.
"It was quite similar to the other night. Every pitch has been quite similar so it was just playing through the line and trying to get on the front foot as much as possible really; having a solid game plan and sticking to it.
"I was just trying to get Ben Duckett on strike against the spin, he's so good at sweeping it's ridiculous. He seems to hit the gap every time. It worked quite well."
The England top brass will be delighted
That was a superb 40 overs from England.
Jacks, Duckett and especially Brook pushed them towards a total that barring a miracle was always going to be beyond Pakistan.
The bowlers then showed how to operate of flat pitch. Slower balls, different types of spin bowlers as well as truly electric pace from Mark Wood.
This series stays in Karachi on Sunday before moving on to Lahore. England will want a similar performance as they continue to build towards the T20 World Cup.
OVER 20: 158/8 (Masood 66* Hasnain 6*)
Liam Dawson is underneath one that goes makes in the air but he makes a hash of it in the end. Pakistan need 70 off three. Hold on to your seats folks.
69 off two....
We're down to the final ball. Pakistan need 68.
A four from Hasnain finishes the innings. Job done for England.
OVER 19: 149/8 (Masood 64* Dahani 0*)
The return of Mark Wood, along with the devastating innings from Harry Brook, has to be the highlight for England here. He looks fit and is bowling at rapid pace here. Buttler and co will be keeping their fingers crossed he stays in shape for Australia.
He finished with figures of 3-25 from his four overs.
OVER 17: 133/5 (Masood 54* Nawaz 18*)
Reece Topley is back on as England continue their march towards victory here. This has been an excellent response from the tourists to a proper drubbing yesterday.
Topley has got his yorker homed in here. That's not making things any easier for Pakistan. His variation from an extra gives this England bowling attack a different dimension.
OVER 16: 127/5 (Masood 50* Nawaz 16*)
Clever bowling from Curran. Shan Masood backs away to the off side to give himself room but Curran sees the danger and bowls one full and wide outside the off stump. England are going to win this game unless something miraculous happens here.
Shan Masood muscles the fifth ball of the over over mid-on for six and gets to 50 - his first in T20 internationals.
OVER 15: 115/5 (Masood 41* Nawaz 15*)
Mark Wood returns to the attack. He touched 97mph earlier in this innings.....rapid. Shan gets one away into the off side for one before Nawaz uses the pace to just turn one behind square for four.
That's better though, a rapid bouncer from Wood leaves Nawaz swinging at fresh. The over ends with Nawaz latching onto some width from Wood an crashing him over the top of cover for four.
OVER 11: 86/4 (Masood 31* Khushdil 27*)
Khushdil winds up for a big one but he can't connect and has to settle for a single off Moeen. Shan and Khushdil bring up the 50 partnership the ball after before getting through for another couple of singles.
The final ball goes for six but only just. Dcukett has a good chance at it but despite getting a hand on it he can't complete the catch.
OVER 10: 75/4 (Masood 24* Khushdil 24*)
Curran cramps Khushdil for room but the batters still manage to get through for a couple before he gets a single out to deep square leg.
Oh that's poor bowling to follow though. A short, straight ball just sits up for Khushdil, who picks it up behind square for six. Shan Masood goes for a well-played scoop to end the over. Four more.
OVER 2: 12/0 (Rizwan 7* Azam 4*)
Reece Topley gets his first chance of the series. His variation might just be what is required to make things tricky for batter son this pitch.
He starts well with two dot balls before Rizwan nurdles one down to third man for one.
Then a chance as Dawid Malan goes up with one hand as Babar miscues a drive but he can't hold on. "Tough but takeable" is the assessment from David Gower.
Decent start from Topley though.
Is that enough?
Slight sarcasm in that question but England thought they made enough yesterday until the Pakistan innings began.
That said, 221 is a significant total from England. One which even the inform Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan will gulp at as they walk out to bat.
For England, the story is Harry Brook, who is already building a reputation as one the best hitters in world cricket. His 360 degree game is so versatile and he is surely fast becoming a must-pick for the World Cup late this year.
Ben Duckett put in another good display at four as he made his maiden T20 50, while Will Jacks also impressed with a good 40 on debut.
Now it's over to the bowlers. This pitch is seriously flat and the outfield is lightening quick but even still, this total must be beyond Pakistan....
OVER 20: 221/3 (Duckett 69* Brook 81*)
Last over and it's a decent start from Rauf. Dot ball followed by a single. Brook finds the gap though, scooping Rauf over short fine leg for four. You can't set a field to this guy.
After some decent running, Duckett will face the final ball of the innings. Excellent from Rauf, who ties Duckett up meaning he can only squirt one out to the square leg boundary for two.
OVER 19: 211/3 (Duckett 65* Brook 76*)
The brutal hitting continues as Brook powers one down the ground for four off Dahani. They then race back for two after Brook (shockingly) mistimes a pull out to deep mid-wicket.
WOW. What. A. Shot. Clean hitting from Brook as he smashes one dead straight back over Dahani's head for six. He then shows his guile as he eases an attempted yorker down to third man for four. He's a serious, serious cricketer this guy.
OVER 18: 192/3 (Duckett 64* Brook 59*)
Duckett smashes Hasnain for six with real distain over square leg to begin the over. These two have now put on over 100. More runs as Duckett pulls out into the deep on the leg side, getting two for his trouble. England must fancy getting well above 200 here.
Hasnain is pleading for an LBW on the next ball but that's not even close. Over ends with a superb shot from Duckett, who smashes a hook for four. That drew coos from Mark Butcher on comms.
OVER 17: 178/3 (Duckett 50* Brook 59*)
Duckett reaches his 50 with a customary single into the leg side off Rauf. He's anchored this innings superbly. The next ball is well down the leg side, that would have been five wides had it not been for a great dive from keeper Riswan.
The next ball farcically ends in Harry Brook's grill. It looked like it squeezed between the chinstrap and the bottom of the grill. In fairness Brook has worn that like a champ...decent chin on the lad. The next ball disappears over extra cover for four. Wellbeing confirmed.
OVER 16: 168/3 (Duckett 49* Brook 53*)
Brook tries to track Dahani but miscues only for the bowler to hurl the ball back his way, looking for a run out. The England man then uses a bit of width on offer from Dahani, half nicking, half guiding one past short fine leg for four. Two balls later Dahani gets the proper treatment from Brook as he's launched an 88m six over square leg, moving to 49.
Brook moves to 50 the very next ball, taking advantage of a change in the field to dispatch Dahani for four through point.
OVER 15: 151/3 (Duckett 49* Brook 37*)
Duckett with an outrageous shot. He's going for a scoop but Hasnain spots it and cramps him for room. Somehow Duckett is still able to work the ball over fine leg for four. That almost defied the laws of physics.
Otherwise this has been a good over from Hasnain, who is giving nothing but singles to two 'in' batsman. Queue the wide....
Brook then threads the needle between point and third man for four. What a shot that is actually, all timing with no force required.
OVER 14: 139/3 (Duckett 43* Brook 31*)
Haris Rauf returns to the attack. Can he stem the flow? No he can't. What a shot from Harry Brook, who launches into a short ball from Rauf and sends it flying over square leg for six. Duckett is continuing his good work as well, racing through for yet another quick single.
**Queue the daily Sensodyne plug from Lord Gower on commentary**
Rauf does well to cramp Duckett for space but England still get a single.
OVER 13: 128/3 (Duckett 40* Brook 23*)
Nawaz has bowled his four as Usman begins his final over. Brook starts with a sharp single to short third man before Duckett sweeps AGAIN for four. Over 70 per cent of his shot must have been sweeps in this innings. Brooks joins the sweep party on the final ball of the over. Another boundary and England are racing along here.
OVER 11: 104/3 (Duckett 24* Brook 15*)
Usman continues after drinks and nearly draws a wicket straight away but the ball drop just short of the fielder after the Duckett top edge. Brook then strikes the first six of the match as he eases one over mid-on. That was beautiful, not over hit and completely in control.
Two balls later it's another six for Brook. This time he reaches for a wide one as he charges down the pitch and smashes it over cover for six.
OVER 10: 89/3 (Duckett 22* Brook 2*)
Pakistan are enjoying a decent patch here as Nawaz ties up Brook for a dot ball. The batter gets out of the bind next though, driving Nawaz down the ground for one. Brilliant running then brings two for Duckett, he looked in big trouble there as he turned for the second.
OVER 6: 57/1 (Malan 10* Jacks 36*)
Dahani is cranking up the speeds here as Malan finally connects with one of little dabs down to third man. Jacks then keeps the scoreboard ticking over with another single in to the off side. Jacks looks completely comfortable here - Jos Buttler will be watching closely.
Two balls later, Jacks steps to the leg side and goes over cover for four. He tries the same on the next delivery but doesn't get a s clean a contact - still four though.
OVER 5: 45/1 (Malan 8* Jacks 27*)
Azam is mixing up his bowlers early here and now it's the turn of Haris Rauf. Another play and miss outside the off stump from Malan. These kinds of slow starts are Achilles heel of T20 innings. England need him to get going quickly.
The batters scamper through for a single from the fourth ball of the over. Jacks on the other hand is looking in great touch as he smashes a full delivery back down the ground for four. He then manages to squirt one through the leg side for another boundary.
This lad looks the part.
OVER 4: ENG 36/1 (Malan 8* Jacks 19*)
Shahnawaz Dahani is on to bowl and finds the Malan edge with his first ball but it races past third man for four. Malan then has to send Jacks back after a drive finds the fielder at cover before another false shot from Malan. He's trying to guide the ball down towards third man but can't quite get his radar tuned in.
He turns the next ball into the leg side for three before a a genuine edge from Jacks flies through the vacated first slip region. Jacks goes over mid-off next. One bounce, four.
OVER 3: ENG 21/1 (Malan 1* Jacks 11*)
Jacks scurries through for a single the ball after the wicket. It's tight though and England just need to settle down a bit here. Malan is then beaten with after a loose waft outside his off stump - not convincing after his first-baller yesterday.
He's off the mark on the next ball, as he runs one down to third man. This has been good over from Hasnain though and he draws back-to-back play and misses from Jacks.
OVER 2: ENG 18/0 (Salt 8* Jacks 10*)
Spinner Mohammad Nawaz gets the second over underway and Phil Salt climbs into him straight away, hitting through mid-wicket for four. A single follows off the next ball. How will Jacks treat the spin of Nawaz?
With a degree of respect actually as he drops one into the leg side. Salt then looks to repeat his shot from the start of the over but the timing his slightly off and he has to settle for one out to deep mid-wicket. Jacks tries a heave next the next ball away but can't connect. He has no problem with the next one though... another four through mid-wicket.
OVER 1: ENG 7/0 (Salt 2* Jacks 5*)
Mohammad Hasnain races in to Phil Salt to open proceedings and the England are away straight away as he works one off his legs for a single. Will Jacks follows suit, almost exactly, and he's off the mark - that'll be a relief for him on his debut.
Salt works another single down the ground for one before Jacks finds the fielder as he tries to mimic Salt once again. Hasnain then beats Jacks with one that looked like it kept a little low before Jacks fights back with a crunching strike over midwicket for four.
Who is Will Jacks?
The young Surrey batsman ahs been on the England radar for some time and earlier this summer announced himself to a wider audience by scoring the fastest ever century in The Hundred - off just 47 balls.
In 2019 he scored an incredible 25-ball century for Surrey against Lancashire. Yes you heard me right....25 balls.
He's a big hitter certainly
After his heroics yesterday, Babar Azam is feeling good ahead and fancies another chase.
"The pitch looks good ad we think we should be able to chase anything around the 180 mark should.
"I feel pretty good today but back-to-back matches are never easy."
Moeen Ali speaks after losing the toss
"We would have probably bowled first as well but we're not too disappointed. We obviously have to score big against this side on this surface against these guys.
"We're playing good cricket but they played exceptionally well. If we'd have gotten a wicket yesterday I think that really could have changed the game. Hopefully we can get one tonight."
Mark Wood returns
From Nick Hoult, in Karachi
Mark Wood makes his first England appearance since March when he played the first Test in Antigua. It is ahead of schedule, he was expected to return next week in Lahore but England lacked pace last night as Pakistan chased 200 with ease so plans ripped up. They’re playing on a used pitch tonight, the same as game one on Tuesday when both teams struggled with the slowness of the surface. Pakistan are unchanged. Jacks for Hales, Wood for err Luke Wood.
Pakistan are unchanged
There are no changes on the Pakistan side. How England would like to get a look at what might prove to be a flimsy Pakistan middle order.
Babar Azam (c)
Mohammad Riswan (wk)
'Jacks to open with Phil Salt'
From Nick Hoult, in Karachi
T20 debut for Will Jacks, opening in place of Alex Hales. I know that because Hales was getting himself a coffee in the hotel reception after the others had left for the ground. Jacks to open with Phil Salt, England keen to look at the talented Surrey youngster. Sam Curran presented Jacks with his cap in the huddle before bowling coach David Saker told the daily joke, which seemed to involve a lot of jumping up and down, his fingers in his mouth and laughing policeman style guffaw. Anyhow, the players seemed to like it.
'This is the time you want to get your plans in place'
Jos Buttler is Pakistan with the squad but remains sidelined through injury, However, Michael Atherton says he will be using this time to carefully assess and craft his plans for the upcoming T20 World Cup in Australia.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Atherton said: ""[Buttler] made it clear before this series that he wanted to be out there. We don't expect him to play much part in it, if any part of it at all, but he said 'I want to be here' so close to the World T20 in Australia. This is the time you want to get your plans in place.
"You want to get to know the new players in the side like Will Jacks and Luke Wood - all these guys you don't know as characters so well and you don't know how they play under pressure.
"You get to know and feel when you see players close-up in the dressing room before 25-30,000 people who all want the other side to win and you get a sense of how players deal under pressure, so that's what Jos Buttler will gain from this series."
...and for the second time in two nights welcome to the National Stadium in Karachi for an T20 international between England and Pakistan.
At this point yesterday there was a hope England could gain a strong, early foothold
in this seven-match series after they took a low-scoring opening match by six wickets.
However, Pakistan soon poured water on that idea, restoring parity in the series with a decisive ten-wicket victory. England were good with the bat, with an excellent 55* from captain Moeen Ali propelling them to a score of 199 from their 20 overs.
A tough chase for the hosts? Not a bit of it. Openers Mohammed Rizwan (88*) and Babar Azam (110*) set about toying with the England bowlers, timing their chase perfectly to reach the target with three balls to spare.
The innings was a perfect symbiosis of destructive hitting and controlled partnership building, with both Rizwan and Azam showing an unnerving ability to keep up with a lofty required rate of over ten an over without taking any real risks. England did have a chance to snare Rizwan in the sixth over but Alex Hales could not cling on to a tough catch at mid-on.
For the tourists, the result would have been a real dent to the confidence of a young side who were riding high after the first match of the series.
The seamers lacked variation on a very flat wicket in Karachi and it will be interesting to see who is drafted into to revivify what looked a beleaguered bowling unit after Azam smashed the winning boundary off David Willey yesterday.
On the plus side, England will be delighted with how they batted. Barring a first-ball duck for Dawid Malan, five of the top six chipped in with telling contributions, laying a platform for some fine hitting from Moeen at the back-end of the innings.
“It’s a really good wicket and I thought we batted well but we dropped a big catch,” Moeen said afterwards. “The momentum changed when I bowled my over.
“Duckett's partnership with Salty was fantastic and me and Brooksy played nicely. It was different to the first game, looked worse but played better, and the two openers were brilliant.
“I know they get a lot of stick for their strike-rates but they are brilliant and you can't afford to bowl off spin to them.”
Join us from the 3pm for the toss.