West Indies vs Pakistan 2nd ODI: Azam, Hasan pummel West Indies to level series

Azam scored his fifth ODI century

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Babar Azam scored a career-best 125 not out and Hasan Ali took a five-wicket haul as Pakistan downed the West Indies by 74 runs in Guyana.

Opting to bowl first, the West Indies got rid of Ahmed Shehzad early on as he was caught behind off the bowling of Shannon Gabriel for five runs.

Kamran Akmal managed to make 21 runs before being caught behind off the bowling of Alzarri Joseph.

Azam and Mohammad Hafeez stabilised the innings with a 69-run partnership before Hafeez was stumped by Shai Hope off the bowling of Ashley Nurse.

Shoaib Malik fell shortly after, but Azam and captain Sarfraz Ahmed steadied the ship with a 55-run stand.

Once Sarfraz was gone, Azam and Imad Wasim ensured Pakistan finished their innings on a high as the duo put together an unbeaten 99-run partnership, during which Azam sailed past his hundred.

Azam finished on 125 off 132 balls, which included seven boundaries and three sixes, while Wasim remained undefeated on 43 off 35 deliveries, which included two boundaries and two sixes, as Pakistan concluded their innings on 282/5.

Gabriel was the pick of the bowlers with two wickets, while Joseph, Nurse and Devendra Bishoo chipped in with one wicket apiece.

Chasing 283 to win, the West Indies never really got going as Pakistan kept pegging them back with regular wickets.

As a result, the West Indies found themselves in all sorts of trouble at 75/6, but instead of giving in, the hosts put up a fight as Nurse and captain Jason Holder amassed a 58-run partnership.

After Hasan dismissed Nurse for 44, the West Indies continued to collapse and even though Holder did everything in his power to delay the inevitable, he was dismissed by Hasan for 68 off 87 balls, which included six boundaries and a six.

Holder was the last man to fall for the West Indies, who were bowled out for 208.

Holder made his third ODI fifty

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Hasan was easily the most successful bowler with five wickets, while Hafeez took two and Mohammad Amir, Junaid Khan and Shadab Khan claimed one wicket each.

Hasan finished with career-best figures of 5-38 off 8.5 overs

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Azam was named Man of the Match.

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