West Indies A v Bangladesh A, 1st unofficial ODI, St Vincent November 19, 2011

Carter and bowlers give West Indies A 1-0 lead

ESPNcricinfo staff

West Indies A 184 for 6 (Carter 68*) beat Bangladesh A 182 (Faruque 86*, Brathwaite 2-25) by four wickets

An all-round bowling performance, followed by a steady half-century from Jonathan Carter gave West Indies A a winning start in the three-match series against Bangladesh A at the Arnos Vale Ground in Kingstown. The Twenty20 series was earlier tied 1-1.

Bangladesh's top order was in early trouble after being asked to bat, with new-ball bowler Jason Holder making early breaches. They were in a dicey position at 56 for 4, but Nasiruddin Faruque came to their rescue with a cautious 86. Carlos Brathwaite picked up two more wickets in an economical spell to restrict Bangladesh A to 182 for 8.

West Indies A were struggling at 72 for four in the 21st over of their chase but Carter steadied the circumstances with two partnerships. He added 41 with Devon Thomas and 30 with Brathwaite, for successive wickets, to steer the home side to victory. Offspinner Shohag Gazi and seamer Kamrul Islam Rabbi picked up a combined 4 for 76 off 23 overs, but it wasn't enough to prevent the winning runs being scored in the 45th over.