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 clashof this edition's Under-19 World Cup here today.
The holders posted 262 for seven after opting to bat at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium 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 the India U-19 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 skipper Vijay Zol did not last long as he was trapped in front by Zia-ul-Haq, just fours runs after Bains' dismissal.
After racing to 41 off 46 balls, Herwadkar was bowled by legspinner Karamat Ali. Ricky Bhui followed suit, caught off Ali's own bowling to leaving India in a spot of bother at 94 for four in the 20th over.