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Harry Brook's third century gives England slight edge

Pak’s opening pair of Shafique (14 batting) and Masood (3 batting) played out nine overs of spin to reach 21 without loss at stumps on Day 2

AP/PTI Karachi Published 19.12.22, 06:03 AM
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Harry Brook smashed his third century in as many Tests before England’s lower order frustrated Pakistan and grafted a 50-run first-innings lead in the final Test on Sunday.

After centuries in England’s victories in Rawalpindi and Multan, Brook followed up with 111 off 150 balls in the inconsequential Test in which the visitors posted 354 in reply to Pakistan’s first-innings total of 304 on Sunday.

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Pakistan’s opening pair of Abdullah Shafique (14 batting) and Shan Masood (3 batting) played out nine overs of spin to reach 21 without loss at stumps on Day 2.

Wicketkeeper-batter Ben Foakes, playing his first Test on the tour, made a resilient 64 while Mark Wood (35) and Ollie Robinson (29) played cameos to edge England ahead of Pakistan’s first-innings total.

Left-arm spinner Nauman Ali (4/120), one of the four changes Pakistan made for this final Test, and leg-spinner Abrar Ahmed (4/150) picked up the bulk of the wickets, but Brook and Foakes blunted both spinners with a splendid 117-run stand for the sixth wicket.

Earlier, Pakistan had made inroads and reduced England to 145 for 5 soon after lunch when Ben Stokes (26) was run out while going for a needless third run. But Brook and Foakes showed plenty of grit on a slow, turning wicket with a century stand before Wood and Robinson added significant runs lower down the order.

The 23-year-old Brook raised his runs tally on the tour to 468, bettering David Gower’s 449 runs when England visited Pakistan in the 1983-84 season. Brook raised his century off 133 balls before tea, hitting a boundary through covers off Abrar.

Brief scores: Pakistan 304 & 21/0. England 354 (H. Brook 111, B. Foakes 64; A. Ahmed 4/150, N. Ali 4/126). At stumps, Day 2.

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