India A v West Indies A, 2nd unofficial ODI, Bangalore September 17, 2013

Carter ton helps West Indies A level series


West Indies A 279 for 6 (Carter 133, Johnson 39, Vinay 3-56) beat India A 224 (Yuvraj 40, Chand 38, Cummins 4-31) by 55 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

After being beaten hollow on Sunday, West Indies A made as many as three changes to their line-up. At least two of those turned out to be inspired choices as they squared the series by batting India A out of the game. Jonathan Carter, the Barbados allrounder, played an innings that mirrored Yuvraj Singh's comeback century for its pace and impact - cautious at the start, ballistic towards the end. With this tour serving as a selection trial for the senior team's tour in November, Carter may well have pushed his case forward.

Carter was an unfamiliar face to the current crop of India A bowlers, who were not part of the squad that toured the Caribbean last year. His stand of 131 with Leon Johnson, another player brought in for this game, defined the game for West Indies, pushing the score to 279, which was beyond India to chase.

Carter came in at the fall of the second wicket, and his stint may well have ended on 6, had Yusuf Pathan not put down a regulation chance at slip off Shahbaz Nadeem. Yusuf had it covered but the ball popped out and he failed to take it on the rebound. It was the first example of India's insipid catching and particularly, the ground fielding. This lapse cost India dear.

Carter was slow to begin with, scoring at a strike late of 50 and thereabouts. Kirk Edwards found his touch with three boundaries through the off side in one over by Vinay Kumar. The reckless dismissals of Edwards and Andre Russell - both coming straight after hitting sixes - pegged back West Indies, but when the time came for Carter to take charge, he did it with measured aggression.

The tactic of attempting to clear the rope off every ball, as Russell did in his 4-ball stint, wasn't the way forward. Carter was more selective in his strokeplay. After top-edging Vinay down to fine leg, his first convincing boundary came off a sweep off Nadeem. He gained 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 fifty. It took 82 balls to get there, and much like Yuvraj's knock on Sunday, the pace quickened drastically after passing the milestone. What helped Carter progress was the presence of an equally positive Johnson. Johnson too, was let off early - on 7 - but to be fair to Robin Uthappa, it was a tough one-handed chance at slip.

Carter was determined to make the best use of the batting Powerplay - taken after 35 overs - carving the ball over extra cover and using his feet against the spinners, one shot nearly cleaning up Pathan and the umpire. Earlier, he survived a run-out chance on 66, when Johnson pushed the ball to cover and sent back Carter who was nearly halfway down the pitch. Unmukt Chand's throw was wide and Carter was lucky to still be there.

Every missed opportunity against Carter came with a price. He lofted Pathan several rows over long-on, lofted Vinay over cover, scythed full tosses from the spinners over deep midwicket. Few of Carter's slogs looked ungainly. None of the seamers were able to contain him, as he pounced on anything pitched up. The absence of yorkers hurt the Indians, as it did the tourists in the opening game. Carter moved to 99 with a massive six over deep midwicket that nearly landed on the second tier.

He reached his century with a single to long-on and in contrast to Yuvraj's restrained acknowledgement to the crowd, Carter did a leap, roared towards his team-mates and was so caught up in the moment that he failed to turn around to look at his partner. Johnson did the honors by jogging across and embracing his partner.

Carter was the beneficiary of two misfields at the rope that resulted in boundaries, reflective of a poor day in the field for India. Carter was eventually lbw playing all around a full delivery from Unadkat for 133. Thanks to his assault, West Indies managed 135 off their last 15 overs.

Till this knock, Carter had only one first-class century, but no List A ton to his credit. Did his knock surprise his own team-mates? "Not really," said his captain Kieran Powell. "Jonathan has generally made starts and we have always been talking to him about going on to make that big score and today he really played a massive innings for the team, especially the situation he was in. Everyone was expecting that from him, and he delivered."

The chase played out in a very similar manner to the opening game, only this time with the teams reversed. The seamers bowled to a plan of bouncing out the young Indian batsmen and Powell later said that he had juggled the bowlers a bit differently and varied his field settings, which ultimately played a part. The upper tier of the western stand was packed - pleasing for a working day - but when Yuvraj and Pathan departed off successive balls, sections of the crowd started filtering out.

Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Carl on September 18, 2013, 16:41 GMT

    Posted by simonviller on (September 18, 2013, 15:21 GMT) There's quite a talk about Johnson the pacer ! How is he with the bat ?

    Simon, here are a few details about "Sprint" as he is known...

    Just turned 25 a few days ago, he is a tall guy, bowls with a good high action too. Left armer with decent pace, uses his angle and height aggressively, regularly troubles batsmen with bounce and movement and has pretty economical stats. Strong with a decent fitness record - can bowl long spells. Handy with the bat (left handed), has a first class 50 to his name and averages around 17.

  • charlie on September 18, 2013, 15:21 GMT

    There's quite a talk about Johnson the pacer ! How is he with the bat ? My reason for asking is that WI team is still searching for consistency in batting and depends on the lower order to suppliment the top . Any good lefty quick would mean the world to WI cricket team since they ere so rare in the history of WI cricket . They are a menace to the right handers most of the time with their natural swing and angle of delivery ,so I hope to see this young man for WI soon to see his effect within the team .

  • Naresh on September 18, 2013, 11:17 GMT

    First NZ and now WI has shown some new talent. This is really good for world cricket. With the dropped catch the game was also lost for India. I hope its just an off day for Yusaf otherwise he can be a destructive batsman. We are seeing lots of focus on new talent in international cricket:- Zim, SA and England also producing talent.

  • Dummy4 on September 18, 2013, 10:20 GMT

    @ Posted by BRUTALANALYST on (September 18, 2013, 7:25 GMT)

    I liked Beaton's action and also made a complementary (though a bit satirical) post on young Beaton.

    Though Cummins seems ready to be picked; I liked Beaton too. Hope, Beaton also does well. Somehow, Cummins & Beaton together bowling from either end reminds me of Walsh & Ambrose - one of my all-time favorite opening bowlers. They were not only great bowlers; they are great humans too. Lovable guys, just like most west Indians are.

  • Carl on September 18, 2013, 8:54 GMT


    I completely agree. Delorn Johnson should have already played test cricket for the Windies. Exactly what the selectors are waiting for is beyond me. And as for Miguel Cummins, one can only hope that they give this young man a run in the test side soon. He has so much potential to be a great new ball bowler. Would love to see Roach, Cummins and Johnson together - variation, youth, aggression, pace and talent - just what the West Indian attack needs.

  • o on September 18, 2013, 7:25 GMT

    HAHA @Jose an Prahlad Kumar If you read my comments you would of seen I was talking about Beaton who was the guy Yuvraj hit for 24 he wa sin last U19 World Cup he still 19/20 big deal he got smashed in 1 over he's a kid so did Broad an the other guy Bonner (who went for 30 from 2) isn't even a bowler and was only bowling first game cos Russell was injured. If you noticed team sheet you'd see neither were playing yesterday and Yuvraj didn't have any fun in fact he struggled with his 40 !

  • Dummy4 on September 18, 2013, 5:32 GMT

    @ Prahlad Kumar on (September 17, 2013, 22:01 GMT)

    When Brutalanalyst sets up a school , all his school children will be in the age group of 23 to 31. IT will be unique school in the world, and will be eligible for an entry in the Guinness!

  • Dummy4 on September 18, 2013, 5:29 GMT

    I think, giving a chance to the sidelined players was a good gesture. It looks, as if it should not be anything more than that. Even if they regain their batting or bowling form two things can be erased: (1) Younger alternatives (in bunch) has come up for almost every position; & (2) There is low chance of they regaining the agility and alertness in fielding and catching. We have to keeping moving forward.

    Even among the youngsters; we should watch out for sloppiness in fielding / catching, lack of intent (especially when they are just a member of the team); selfishness (not a team player), and similar traits and such youngsters should also be ruthlessly dropped.

    Even after putting the list through the above two filters, we have enough to choose from. If SUCH players still lose a couple of matches during the learning /adapting process, it will be a worthwhile investment.

  • Dummy4 on September 18, 2013, 5:17 GMT

    Unmukth Chand: Whether it is batting or fielding, we keep on seeing a different Chand, who is only half as confident as the normal one when he is THE CAPTAIN. Is it CONFIDENCE, or INTENSITY ? I am not so sure. If it is a drop in the intent, it is not a good trait for a potential leader; and it can sometime or the other let selfishness sneak in. You can see that, in potential run out situations too; he is desperate to keep his wicket and dive into the crease, even when his partner is batting better. May be, for a senior he might sacrifice his wicket. Any way watch him next time, when such a situation arises!

  • Tim on September 17, 2013, 22:22 GMT

    Cummins is clearly a star in the making but why isn't Delorn Johnson playing as well. He has been dominating on the A circuit for a while and should be here. If he could play well in Indian conditions he'd be a great inclusion for their test tour.