Guyana: Pakistan registered a thumping victory in the second ODI against West Indies, thanks to yet another brilliant innings by Babar Azam magnified further by young bowler Hassan Ali’s career best bowling here at Providence, Guyana on Sunday.
Put in by West Indies to bat first, Pakistan started off nervously with first 4 batsmen losing their wickets at the total of 125 . That’s when Babar took charge of the affairs and played excellent strokes all around the wicket , showing great temperament and technique to make 125 runs off 132 balls to help Pakistan set a decent target of 283 for the opposition . His classy knock was embellished with three sixes and seven fours.
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.
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.
Holder was given support by Ashley Nurse, who belted a one-day best 44 in dominating a 58-run seventh-wicket stand with his captain.
However the accurate Ali, who finished with five for 38 off 8.5 overs, eliminated any outside chance the West Indies had of stealing a series-clinching victory.
Both teams meet in the decider on Tuesday at the same venue with the West Indies seeking their first ODI series win over Pakistan for 26 years.