Dubai, Feb 15: India began their Under-19 World Cup defence on a winning note by defeating arch rivals Pakistan by 40 runs in a Group A match.
At the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Saturday, India successfully defended 262. Pakistan began well in the 263 run-chase but were bowled out for 222 in 48.4 overs.
Offspinner Deepak Hooda was India's bowling star with figures of 5/41 in 10 overs. Hooda also ran Kamran Ghulam out with a direct hit.
Pakistan were off to a good start as the openers put on 109 in 23.4 overs. Captain Sami Aslam hit 64 off 85 with 6 boundaries.
Aslam's opening partner Imam-ul-Haq was the first to be dismissed for 39 (62 balls, 2x4). Soon, the skipper too followed after a run out.
From a healthy beginning, Pakistan collapsed to 160/5 in 36.3 overs and the required run rate kept mounting. Two run outs did not help them. Hooda was in excellent form as he sent back five Pakistan batsmen.
India next face Scotland on February 17 while Pakistan meet Papua New Guinea on same day.
Earlier, half centuries from Sarfaraz Khan (74) and Sanju Samson (68) helped India post 262/7 in 50 overs.
Opting to bat first, India were off to a brisk start, scoring 65 in eight overs. However, four quick wickets pushed them to 94/4 in 19.2 overs. Opener Akhil Herwadkar hit a 46-ball 41 with six fours while his partner Ankush Bains made 24 off 23 with three fours and a six.
Sarfaraz and Samson joined hands to rebuilt the innings in the middle overs. The duo put on 119 runs for the fifth wicket.
Sarfaraz scored 74 off 78 with five fours and a six while Samson's 68 took 101 balls with two fours and a six.
For Pakistan, Irfanullah Khan and Karamat Ali took two wickets apiece.
India 262/7 in 50 overs (Sarfaraz Khan 74, Sanju Samson 68, Akhil Herwadkar 41, Ankush Bains 24, Deepak Hooda 22 not out, Irfanullah Shah 2/32, Karamat Ali 2/37) beat Pakistan 222 all out in 48.4 overs (Sami Aslam 64, Imam-ul-Haq 39, Saud Shakeel 32, Deepak Hooda 5/41)