Harry Brook century gives England lead in third Pakistan Test


PAK vs ENG: Harry Brook scored his third Test century© AFP

Harry Brook continued his remarkable run of form with a third century in as many Tests to rebuild England’s innings after Pakistan were defeated on the second day of the final match in Karachi on Sunday. England took an improbable 50-run lead on Brook’s innings before being bowled out for 354, and Pakistan reduced the deficit to 29 at the end of play. Pakistan openers Abdullah Shafiq and Shan Masood were batting on 14 and 3 respectively, with the home side ending the day on 21 without loss.

Brook’s 111 revived England’s chances of becoming the first team to sweep a 3–0 series in Pakistan, as the visitors were reduced to 145–5. England lead the three-match series 2-0 after a 74-run win in Rawalpindi and a closely fought 26-run victory in Multan.

After Pakistan’s spinners knocked over England’s top order, Brook and wicketkeeper Ben Foakes put on 117 for the sixth wicket, bringing England within touching distance of Pakistan’s first innings 304.

The 23-year-old Brook induced spinner Abrar Ahmed for the eighth boundary and brought up his third career hundred after scoring 153 in the first Test and 108 in the next.

In all Brook hit eight fours and three sixes before he was trapped leg before to become the maiden Test wicket of debutant pacer Mohammad Wasim.

Brook has now scored 468 runs – overtaking David Gower’s 449 in 1984 – for the highest series total by an England batsman in Pakistan.

He also equaled Mohammad Yousuf’s record of three centuries in consecutive matches in an overseas series. The Pakistani batsman had scored three centuries in England in 2006.

undo by spin
Pakistan spinners Nauman Ali and Abrar Ahmed had troubled England after the first session. The pair ended with 4-126 and 4-150 respectively.

England were struggling at 145-5 shortly after lunch when Ben Stokes (26) attempted a third run which was denied by Brook and left his captain trapped.

After the fall of Brook, Fox put on 51 runs for the eighth wicket with Mark Wood. Nouman then dismissed Fox while Ahmed dismissed Wood and Ollie Robinson for 29 runs.

In the morning session, Naumann dismissed Ben Duckett and Joe Root in consecutive deliveries.

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