Harry Brook scored an unbeaten 81 off only 35 balls to help England easily win 63 runs in Karachi and take a 2-1 lead in the Twenty20 series against Pakistan.
The Yorkshire batsman displayed a stunning assortment of strokes as England recorded an impressive 221-3 from their 20 overs—their joint-fifth-highest total in T20 cricket.
Ben Duckett provided substantial assistance for him, adding 70 runs from 42 deliveries to a fourth-wicket partnership that lasted uninterruptedly for 139 runs from 69 balls.
Debutant opener Will Jacks also contributed 40 runs from 22 deliveries to help England get off to a fast start.
In their response, Pakistan struggled early on and was reduced to 28-4 on the powerplay due to a ferocious first spell from returning Mark Wood.
After undergoing two elbow surgeries, the Durham fast bowler, playing in his first international match since March, took 3-24, including Pakistan’s captain Babar Azam, whose unbroken 110 spurred Pakistan to a surprising 10-wicket win in the second T20 on Thursday.
In his debut game of the series, Reece Topley finished with 1-22, and Adil Rashid got 2-32 as Pakistan could only manage 158-8 despite a valiant unbroken half-century from Shan Masood.
On Sunday, the fourth T20 of the seven-game series will again be played in Karachi.