Defending champions India opened their campaign in style coasting to a 40-run win against Pakistan in a Group A match of the ICC Under 19 Cricket World Cup at Dubai International Stadium on Saturday.
Chasing a record total of 263, Pakistan were bowled out for 222 in 48.4 overs despite a despite a century opening stand between skipper Sami Aslam (64) and Imam ul Haq (39).
Aslam hits six boundaries in his fluent knock facing 85 balls while Imam needed 62 balls for his 39 which contained two boundaries during the 109-run opening stand.
Off break bowler Deepak Hooda wreaked havoc thereafter ripping through the middle order to claim five for 41.
Sarfaraz Khan was adjudged man of the match for his swashbuckling knock of 74. He capped a fine all-round performance taking two superb catches in the outfield and also claiming a wicket.
Having elected to bat first, India made a formidable 262-7 propelled by half centuries from Sarfaraz Khan (74) and Sanju Samson (68) who figured in a 119-run stand for the fifth wicket.
Openers Akhil Herwardkhar (41) and Ankush Bains (24) gave India a blazing start posting 64 in eight overs.
Left arm pacer Irfanullah Shan and leg spinner Karamat Ali were the pick of the Pakistan bowlers claiming two wickets apiece.
Pakistan are bowled out for 222 in the 49th over with Aftab being being castled by a slower one from Milind.
Mohammad Aftab b Milind 10 (10b 2x4 0x6)
It is all over bar the shouting despite a couple of lusty blows to the fence from Aftab. Pak 219-9 in 48 overs.
Off spinner Deepak Hooda finishes with excellent figures of 10-0-41-5.
Zia slams his second six but skies the next one to Sarfaraz who takes a good catch to give Hooda his fifth wicket. Pak 210-9 in 46.4 overs.
Zia-ul-Haq c Khan b Hooda 21 (16b 0x4 2x6)
Hooda claims his fourth wicket as Pakistan crumble. Pak 203-8 in 46.1 overs.
Karamat Ali c Zol b Hooda 7 (17b 1x4 0x6)
Pakistan need 60 off the last four overs. Pak 203-7 in 46 overs.
Zia hits the first six of the innings clubbing Hooda over long-on. Pak 196-7 in 45 overs.
Karamat hits a boundary off Yadav but Pakistan are facing a Herculean task. Pak 187-7 in 44 overs.
Pakistan are collapsing in a heap as India scent victory. Pak 180-7 in 43 overs.
Another soft dismissal for Pakistan. Pak 180-7 in 42.4 overs.
Zafar Gohar c Khan b Hooda 11 (20b 0x4 0x6)
Yadav bowls another tight over virtually strangling the Pakistan batsmen. Pak 178-6 in 42 overs.
Pakistan are stumbling further as Shakeel goes giving a simple catch to Sarfaraz. Pak 175-6 in 40.2 overs.
Saud Shakeel c Khan b Hooda 32 (40b 3x4 0x6)
Pakistan need 89 off the last 10 overs with five wickets in hand.
Shakeel sweep Hooda to square leg for a much needed boundary. Pak 169-5 in 39 overs.
Yadav bowls a tight over. Pak 164-5 in 38 overs.
Hooda strikes trapping Saifullah leg before as he attempts to sweep. Pak 160-5 in 36.3 overs.
Saifullah Khan lbw b Hooda 6 (10b 0x4 0x6)
Shakeel sweeps Yadav for a much needed boundary for Pakistan but their asking rate is mounting as they require 104 from 84 balls. Pak 159-4 in 36 overs.
Pakistan need 111 from 90 balls at the beginning of the Batting Powerplay. Pak 152-4 in 35 overs.
Pakistan are stumbling having lost two wickets and need 120 off 102 balls.
Ghulam is run out for a duck after a brilliant direct hit from Hooda despite bowler Sarfaraz having dislodged the balls. Pak 143-4 in 32.5 overs.
Kamran Ghulam run out 0 (2b 0x4 0x6)
Sarfraz strikes rattling the timber of Raza. Pak 143-3 in 32.3 overs.
Hasan Raza b Khan 14 (28b 0x4 0x6)
Milind returns to the attack with Pakistan need 123 from 114 balls.
Sarfaraz is the seventh bowler to be used by India. Pak 140-2 in 31 overs.
Pakistan are 137-2 after 30 overs and need 126 from 120 balls.
Off spinner Herwadkar. Pak 133-2 in 29 overs.
Pakistan are doing it in singles. Pak 126-2 in 28 overs.
Shakeel opens his account with love back cut to the fence off Yadav. Pak 122-2 in 27 overs.
Pakistan need 147 from 144 balls after the fall of their captain. Pak 116-2 in 26 overs.
Pakistan skipper Sami Aslam's wonderful innings comes to an end as he fails to scramble back to the non-striker's end. Pak 116-2 in 24.3 overs.
Sami Aslam run out 64 (85b 6x4 0x6)
Pakistan need 151 from 156 balls after India break the opening stand of 109. Pak 112-1 in 24 overs.
India finally get a breakthrough as Imam gets a rush of blood and Sarfaraz takes a well-judged catch in the deep. Pak 109-1 in 23.4 overs.
Imam-ul-Haq c Khan b Gani 39 (62b 2x4 0x6)
Skipper Aslam slams a boundary off Yadav to bring up his the 100 of the innings and his eighth one-day international half century. Pak 108-0 in 23 overs.
Pakistan require 173 from 30 overs with all their wickets intact.
Imam (33) survives a stumping chance off Gani. Pak 90-0 in 20 overs.
Left arm spinner Yadav comes into the attack and Aslam sweeps him to the square leg fence. Pak 85-0 in 19 overs.
Aslam dances down the track and lofts Gani to the long off fence. Pak 80-0 in 18 overs.
Pakistan openers Sami Aslam and Imam ul Haq are going about the formidable run chase steadily. Pak 69-0 in 16 overs.
Sami sweeps Gani for a much needed boundary for Pakistan. Pak 62-0 in 14 overs.
Sami and Imam hit a boundary apiece off Avesh as Pakistan get 47 for no loss in 10 overs.
Imam cracks a couple of boundaries off Milind. Pak 35-0 in 9 overs.
Milind bowls a maiden to Pakistan captain Aslam. Pak 13-0 in 3 overs.
Avesh Khan bowls an erratic opening over including two wides one of which ran to the boundary. Pak 13-0 in 2 overs.
India finished strongly to make 262-7 in 50 overs to set Pakistan a formidable target.
This is the highest team total in India vs Pakistan ties in the ICC Under 19 Cricket World Cup.
India were propelled by contrasting half centuries by Sanju Samson (68) and Sarfaraz Khan (74) during a 119-run partnership for the fifth wicket.
Openers Akhil Herwardkar (41) and Ankush Bains (24) gave India a blazing start after they won the toss and elected to bat by posting 64 without loss in eight overs.
Pakistan pegged India back thereafter with their spin trio of Karamat Ali, Zafar Gohar and Kamran Ghulam as the pitched turned out to be slow paced.
Rajasthan Royals star Samson curbed his natural attacking instincts to anchor the innings while Sarfaraz swept the ball around the park during his swashbuckling knock.
Sarfaraz slammed five boundaries and a six during his run-a-ball 74 by Samson hit just two boundaries and a six facing 101 balls for his 68.
Left arm pacer Irfanullah Shah was the pick of the bowlers claiming two for 32 while leg spinner Karamat Ali snared two for 37.
Hooda smashes Gohar to the midwicket fence to bring up the 250 of the innings in the 49th over.
Yadav is run out by a direct him from Gohar. Ind 247-7 in 48.2 overs.
Kuldeep Yadav run out 5 (11b 0x4 0x6)
Karamat Ali also completes his spell with superb figures of 10-1-37-2. Ind 247-6 in 48 overs.
Irfanullah Shah complete a fine spell returning figures of 10-0-32-2. Ind 232-6 in 46 overs.
Samson perishes attempting to hit Shah out of the ground but the ball balloons up for the keeper to claim the skier. Ind 229-6 in 45.1 overs.
Sanju Samson c Saifullah Khan b Irfanullah Shah 68 (101b 2x4 1x6)
Samson slaps Zafar for a boundary. Ind 229-5 in 45 overs.
Sarfaraz's breezy knock comes to an end as he skies Zafar to Hassan. Ind 213-5 in 42.3 overs.
Sarfaraz Khan c Hasan Raza b Zafar Gohar 74 (78b 5x4 1x6)
The fifth wicket partnership between Samson (58) and Sarfaraz yielded in 119 runs.
Sanju and Sarfaraz both get some treatment as they show some discomfort possibly due to dehydration.
The 100 partnership for the fifth wicket between Samson and Sarfaraz comes up in 126 balls. Ind 201-4 in 41 overs.
Sarfaraz steps out and slams Ghulam inside out to the extra cover boundary as India step up the ante in the last 10 overs.
Pakistan restrict India to 36 in the Batting Powerplay overs. Ind 189-4 in 40 overs.
Samson completes his second half century in one-day internationals.
Zia goes for 16 as India counter attack in the Batting Powerplay. Ind 182-4 in 38 overs.
Sarfaraz races to his half century off 60 balls by clubbing Zia for a six over midwicket overhauling Samson who is on 49.
Samson cracks Zia over extra cover for a boundary.
Sarfaraz hits the first boundary in 60 balls sweeping Zafar in the second over of the Batting Powerplay. Ind 166-4 in 37 overs.
The 50-run partnership for the fifth wicket between Samson and Sarfaraz comes up 78 balls. Ind 147-4 in 34 overs.
A nice little partnership for the fifth wicket building up between Samson and Sarfaraz. Ind 133-4 in 30 overs.
Pakistan miss a run out opportunity after some indecision between Samson and Sarfaraz. Ind 129-4 in 29 overs.
Pakistan throw in another spinner as left armer Kamran Ghulam comes into the attack. Ind 125-4 in 28 overs.
Sarfaraz has decided attack is the best form of defence sweeping Zafar to the midwicket fence. Ind 121-4 in 27 overs.
Sarfaraz gets his first boundary sweeping Karamat to backward square leg. Ind 113-4 in 26 overs.
Sarfaraz is dropped in the slips off Zafar before opening his account. Ind 106-4 in 25 overs.
Samson brings up India's 100 by pulling Karamat for a six which is the first boundary in 93 balls. Ind 102-4 in 24 overs.
Karamat bowls a maiden to the new batsman Sarfaraz Khan. Ind 94-4 in 22 overs.
Left arm spinner Zafar Gohar is introduced into the attack as the Dubai pitch seems to be slowing down and begins with a maiden to Sanju Samson. Ind 94-4 in 21 overs.
Double strike by spinner Karamat as left-hander Bhui chips a return catch. Ind 94-4 in 19.2 overs.
Ricky Bhui c and b Karamat Ali 1 (6b 0x4 0x6)
Karamat strikes in his second over beating Herwadkar who aims to be cut only to see his stumps rattled. Ind 90-3 in 17.3 overs.
Akhil Herwadkar b Karamat Ali 40 (46b 6x4 0x6)
Spin introduced for the first time with leg spinner Karamat Ali into the attack. Ind 85-2 in 16 overs.
The boundaries have dried up for India after smashing nine boundaries and a six during the mandatory Powerplay overs. Ind 80-2 in 14 overs.
Pakistan have pegged back India with a double strike after openers Herwadkar and Bain had given them a terrific start.
Pakistan are back in the match as Zia takes the big wicket of the Indian captain Zol who is trapped leg before. Ind 69-2 in 10 overs.
Vijay Zol lbw b Zia-ul-Haq 3 (11b 0x4 0x6)
Irfanullah draws first blood castling Bains with a ball that nipped back and going through the gate. Ind 65-1 in 8.1 overs.
Ankush Bains b Irfanullah Shah 24 (23b 3x4 1x6)
Left arm pacer Aftab has gone for 28 in his four overs with Herwadkar smashing a couple of boundaries through midwicket. Ind 64-0 in 8 overs.
Pakistan make first bowling change with Irfanullah coming into the attack and concedes four leg byes and two wides. Ind 54-0 in 7 overs.
Herwadkar gets another boundary off Aftab with a classic tee shot to the long off fence. Ind 47-0 in 6 overs.
Bains hits the first six of the match rocking back and pulling Zia over long leg after surviving a dropped effort on the backward square leg fence with an uppish shot which fetched a boundary. Ind 41-0 in 5 overs.
Herwadkar cracks consecutive boundaries off Aftab whipping him to midwicket and then slashing to third man. Ind 29-0 in 4 overs.
Bains slams consecutive boundaries off Zia cracking to third man and then hooking a bouncer to square leg. Ind 21-0 in 3 overs.
Herwadkar hits the first boundary of the match cutting Aftab through extra cover. Ind 8-0 in 2 overs.
India have won the toss and opted to bat first in a Group A match of the ICC Under 19 Cricket World Cup at Dubai International Stadium on Saturday.
India and Pakistan have already played each other at the Dubai International Stadium as they met there in the Under 19 Asia Cup on New Year’s Eve.
Pakistan won that match by two wickets but India got revenge in the final of the tournament, securing the title by 40 runs.
Saturday’s India vs Pakistan clash is a repeat of the final of the 2006 ICC U19 CWC, a low-scoring thriller played in Colombo, Sri Lanka, which Pakistan won by 38 runs to retain the title it won two years earlier in Bangladesh.
India: Ankush Bains, Akhil Herwadkar, Vijay Zol, Sanju Samson, Ricky Bhui, Sarfaraz Khan, Deepak Hooda, Aamer Gani, Kuldeep Yadav, Chama Milind, Avesh Khan
Pakistan: Sami Aslam, Imam-ul-Haq, Hasan Raza, Saud Shakeel, Kamran Ghulam, Saifullah Khan, Zafar Gohar, Karamat Ali, Zia-ul-Haq, Mohammad Aftab, Irfanullah Shah