India 'A' bow to Carter's big-hitting

2ND UNOFFICIAL ODI: West Indies 'A' draw level with 55-run win.

Jonathan Carter scored 133. (File photo)BANGALORE: No.4 batsman Jonathan Carter scored a maiden List A hundred and fast-bowler Miguel Cummins claimed four wickets, as West Indies ‘A’ pummelled their Indian counterparts by 55 runs, equalizing the three-match unofficial ODI series at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium here, on Tuesday.

The visitors, outplayed in the first game on Sunday, pulled themselves up in dramatic fashion to put it across the hosts. Carter, 25, was dropped when he had scored 6 and received a run-out reprieve on 66. He went on to smash a 132-ball 133 that took his side to a challenging 279/6, after Yuvraj Singh sent them in.

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The pursuit was never quite on for the Indians. Robin Uthappa (10) and Mandeep Singh (3) were out with just 19 on the board, and Unmukt Chand, who seemed to have overcome his early uneasiness at the crease, only flattered to deceive when he was third out – holing out to long-on for 38.

DEATHBLOW

Hope remained so long as Yuvraj (40) was in the middle. But the home captain was the fourth to fall, his tame drive against left-arm spinner Nikita Miller going straight to the cover fieldsman.

On the next ball, the inconsistent Yusuf Pathan was caught at slip for a duck. This left the hosts reeling on 114/5 in the 28th over, all the big names back in the hut.  Although Kedhar Jadhav (35) and Naman Ojha (34) kept up the fight, both went down to Cummins, practically signifying the end of the chase.

Cummins finished with 4/31 from 10 overs, while centurion Carter also chipped in with a couple of wickets, the second of which (Jaydev Unadkat’s) gave the islanders the game, in the 49th over.

NEW NAMES


Earlier, changes to the eleven worked out just fine for the West Indies as two of their three new inclusions – Johnson and Carter – came good. The visitors recovered twice from a quick brace of dismissals through the recommended mode of correction: partnerships.

The first stand came when they were stumbling on 21/2 in the ninth over, as Kirk Edwards (36) and Carter added 79 to stage a mini rescue. This after local boy Vinay Kumar had had both the openers, Andre Fletcher (15) and skipper Kieran Powell (4), caught behind. The second alliance was rather more significant: 131 in just 18.1 overs between Carter and Leon Johnson (39, dropped on 7) for the fifth wicket.

BIZARRE OVER


The 28th over, bowled by Pathan, swung the game again. Edwards clobbered the first ball for six, but was stumped off a wide on the second. As if inspired by what had preceded his entry, the new man Andre Russell opened his account with two powerful sixes.

Russell then went for a hat-trick of sixes, only to top-edge to long-on where Sumit Narwal took a high, swirling catch. Carter and Johnson then initiated another resurrection, although Johnson was dropped by Uthappa at slip, a sharp chance that flew off a Pathan off-break.

MAIDEN TON

Carter hoicked Nadeem over mid-wicket and picked fours off Unadkat to enter the nineties, before a walkdown and swipe over long-leg against Narwal took him to 99. A single gave him the cherished landmark, in 117 balls - his maiden List A hundred, and the Windies now had a decent platform from where to tackle the ‘death’ overs.

They took 97 off the last 10 overs and it was this pressing urgency to swell the score that cost both set batsmen: Johnson was caught trying to vaporize a Vinay full-toss, while Carter perished LBW to an Unadkat yorker in the penultimate over. Both, however, had done their jobs their jobs by then.

SCOREBOARD

West Indies A

A Fletcher c Ojha b Vinay Kumar 15 (32B, 3X4)
K Powell c Ojha b Vinay Kumar 4 (10B)
K Edwards st Ojha b Pathan 36 (58B, 4X4, 1X6)
J Carter lbw b Unadkat 133 (132B, 18X4, 3X6)
A Russell c Narwal b Pathan 12 (4B, 2X6)
L Johnson c Chand b Vinay Kumar 39 (46B, 3X4, 1X6)
D Thomas† not out 13 (11B, 2X4)
A Nurse not out 12 (7B, 2X4)

Extras (lb 8, w 7) 15  

Total (6 wickets; 50 overs) 279

Fall of wickets: 1-20 (Powell, 6.1 overs), 2-21 (Fletcher, 8.4 overs), 3-100 (Edwards, 27.1 overs), 4-112 (Russell, 27.5 overs), 5-243 (Johnson, 45.6 overs), 6-260 (Carter, 48.1 overs)

Bowling:

J Unadkat 10-1-57-1 (1w)
S Narwal 10-2-52-0 (2w)
R Vinay Kumar 10-1-56-3
S Nadeem 10-0-38-0 (1w)
Y Pathan 9-0-61-2 (1w)
Mandeep Singh 1-0-7-0

India A

RV Uthappa b Carter 10 (12B, 1X4)
U Chand c Fletcher b Nurse 38 (72B, 3X4, 1X6)
Mandeep Singh c Thomas b Cummins 3 (3B)
Yuvraj Singh c Powell b Miller 40 (58B, 3X4, 1X6)
K Jadhav c Thomas b Cummins 35 (38B, 5X4)
Y Pathan c Nurse b Miller 0 (1B)
N Ojha b Cummins 34 (48B, 3X4, 1X6)
S Narwal c Thomas b Russell 18 (21B, 1X6)
R Vinay Kumar b Cummins 1 (5B)
S Nadeem not out 21 (16B, 3X4)
J Unadkat c Permaul b Carter 15 (20B, 1X6)

Extras (lb 1, w 6, nb 2) 9
Total (all out; 48.4 overs) 224

Fall of wickets: 1-15 (Uthappa, 5.1 overs), 2-18 (Mandeep Singh, 6.2 overs), 3-82 (Chand, 20.1 overs), 4-114 (Yuvraj Singh, 27.3 overs), 5-114 (Pathan, 27.4 overs), 6-148 (Jadhav, 34.3 overs), 7-177 (Ojha, 40.5 overs), 8-187 (Vinay Kumar, 42.3 overs), 9-187 (Narwal, 43.1 overs), 10-224 (Unadkat, 48.4 overs).

Bowling:

M Cummins 10-0-31-4 (2w)
AD Russell 10-0-56-1 (2nb, 2w)
JL Carter 6.4-0-33-2
AR Nurse  8-0-32-1 (1w)
V Permaul 5-0-25-0 (1w)
NO Miller 9-1-46-2   

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