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Babar Azam plays a shot en rout to his 125 vs West Indies in 2nd ODI at Guyana on Sunday © AFP
Babar Azam stroked yet another hundred against the West Indies and Hasan Ali claimed five wickets as Pakistan won the second one-day international by 74 runs at the National Stadium in Guyana on Sunday. Put in by West Indies captain Jason Holder, Pakistan totalled 282 for five and then dismissed the hosts for 208 off 44.5 overs despite a battling knock from Holder, who was last out to Ali for a top score of 68. Reinstated in his favourite number three spot in the batting order, Azam held a faltering innings together and then accelerated towards an unbeaten 125, his fifth century in ODIs and fourth in five innings against the Caribbean side. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Pakistan vs West Indies 2017, 2nd ODI at Guyana
His classy knock occupied 132 deliveries and was embellished with three sixes and seven fours. “I just wanted to bat through to the end of the innings and I was able to achieve that to help us put up a good total,” he said. “It doesn’t matter where I bat, I just want to make a contribution for the team.” Azam received critical support from Imad Wasim, the all-rounder finishing unbeaten on 43 in an unbroken sixth-wicket stand of 99 which released the shackles of previously disciplined West Indian bowling on a pitch lacking the pace and bounce from the first match — which the home team won by four wickets — two days earlier. FULL CRICKET UPDATES: Pakistan vs West Indies 2017, 2nd ODI at Guyana
On a good batting pitch the home side also lost their discipline in the reply, crashing to 75 for six with a series of poor shots while the Pakistan bowlers showed much greater intent than in the first game.
(With inputs from AFP)