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Carter’s ‘A’ hero


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BANGALORE, India – Jonathan Carter scored an intelligent century to help fashion a 55-run victory as West Indies “A” squared their series against India “A” yesterday.
Carter mixed caution with aggression to score 133, pushing West Indies “A” to 279 for six, while pacer Miguel Cummins ripped out the heart of the Indian batting as the hosts crumbled for 224.
The Barbadian all-rounder, one of three players brought in after the loss on Saturday, occupied the crease for 157 minutes, hitting 18 fours and three sixes, and shared in an important 131-run stand with Leon Johnson, another player brought in for the game.
Carter, who came in at the fall of the second wicket, survived a chance on six when a ball he played off Shahbaz Nadeem popped out of the hand of Yusuf Pathan, who also failed to take it on the rebound.
Kirk Edwards scored 36, including three boundaries through the offside in one over by Vinay Kumar.
The Caribbean side was set back by the reckless dismissals of Edwards and Andre Russell (12) as the tactic of attempting to clear the rope off every ball did not pay off.
Carter, who was slow at the start and more selective in his strokeplay, grew in confidence against the spinners, cutting Yusuf past short third man and pulling when the spinners dropped it short.
He was equally comfortable against the pace of Jaydev Unadkat, pulling and whipping him for consecutive boundaries to bring up his 50.
Carter survived a run-out chance on 66 when Johnson pushed the ball to cover and sent him back after he was nearly halfway down the pitch.
Carter moved to 99 with a massive six over deep midwicket and reached his century with a single to long-on.
He was eventually lbw, playing all around a full delivery from Unadkat for 133 but, thanks to his assault, West Indies managed 135 off their last 15 overs.
Cummins led the Windies bowling attack with four for 31 off ten overs, Carter returned to take two wickets for 33 runs, while Nikita Miller, who made the made early inroads into the Indian innings, captured two for 46.
Carter said he was pleased with his allround effort, and also praised the bowlers for their hard work on what was a good batting surface.
“At first, when I went to the crease the Indian bowlers were getting it to seam a lot and it was difficult to get going.
“The bowlers were bowling in good areas and it was hard to score. I knew I had to be patient and look to get it. It was my first knock on tour and I wanted to make it count,” Carter said.
“The pitch had a lot of moisture and was ‘spongy’ so I really had to apply myself and spend time at the crease. In the end it worked out and I was able to relax a bit more at the crease. When, the spinners came on I was relaxed and rotated the strike.”
Carter said he enjoyed batting with fellow Barbadian Edwards who provided a lot of feedback and was always rotating the strike, while Johnson took some of the pressure off.
He also praised the Windies bowling attack.
“I have to say ‘very well done’ to our bowlers from the start to the finish – we knew we had to take all the wickets to win the match. I got the first and the last wickets of the innings and that was pleasing,” he said.
Windies “A” and India “A” are now level on one win each with the third and deciding One-Day fixture set for tomorrow. (CMC/WICB)


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