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India beat Pak, begin in style

Dubai: Defending champions India kicked off their campaign on a positive note as they comfortably defeated arch-rivals Pakistan by 40 runs in their first marquee clash of this edition’s U-19 World Cup, here, on Saturday.

The holders posted 262 for seven after opting to bat and then bowled out their opponents for 222 in 48.4 overs, with off-spinner Deepak Hooda registering figures of five for 41.

Sarfaraz Khan (74) and Sanju Samson (68) were the major contributors with the bat for India side before Baroda player Hooda did the trick with the ball.

Pakistan were off to a solid start with the two openers, Sami Aslam (64) and Imam-ul-Haq (39) putting 109 runs together for the opening wicket. But their batting fell apart in the face of some spirited bowling from the Indians, managing to add only 113 runs for the loss of nine wickets.

Earlier, opting to take first strike, India rode on Akhil Herwadkar and Ankush Bains to put on 65 runs for the first wicket in just a little under nine overs, before Irfanullah Shah struck for Pakistan.

India U-19 captain Vijay Zol did not last long as he was trapped in front by Zia-ul-Haq, just four runs after Bains’ dismissal. (PTI)