Guyana: Pakistan beat West Indies by 74 runs in the second ODI on Sunday to level the three-match series at 1-1. Babar Azam and Hasan Ali remained the main architects of this victory.
Put into bat by West Indies Captain Jason Holder, Pakistan posted 282/5 and then dismissed the hosts for 208 off 44.5 overs.
Babar Azam scored an unbeaten 125 and helped Pakistan post a competitive total. This was his fifth century in ODIs and fourth in five innings against the Caribbean side. He formed two important partnerships in his innings - third wicket partnership of 69 with Mohammad Hafeez (32) and an unbroken sixth-wicket stand of 99 with Imad Wasim (43).
S Gabriel took two wickets for West Indies.
Chasing down the victory target of 283, the home side kept lossing wickets at regular interval and never look in a position to win the match. Skipper Jason Holder remained the top-scorer for his team wich a knock of 68. He along with Ashley Nurse added 58-run for seventh-wicket stand.
For Pakistan fast bowler Hasan Ali finished with figures of 5-38 off 8.5 overs.
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.
Pakistan - 282 for 5 (Babar 125*, Gabriel 2-50)
West Indies - 208 (Holder 68, Hasan 5-38, Hafeez 2-23)
Result - Pakistan won by 74 runs