India beat Pakistan by seven wickets, top group

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India comfortably chased down the target in 34.5 overs

West Indies were similar under-achievers at the junior level until past year when they notched their first ever U-19 World Cup win. Batting first Pakistan scored a total of 282 runs in their quota of 40 overs for the loss of 8 wickets. Md Jail scored 90 runs in 91 balls before he was retired hurt. They reached their target with five overs to spare. The Man of the Match was Haryana boy Deepak Malik as he scored 79 with the help of eight fours.

The final set of preparation games are scheduled for Thursday with former champions Australia taking on South Africa, Canada clashing with Ireland, India up against Kenya and England facing Sri Lanka.

India began well in the chase thanks to Malik. Five of Pakistan's key players were missing as they failed to obtain visas in time.

India's refusal to travel to Pakistan for the World Cup forced the organisers to shift all their matches to UAE. This year, the team led by Prithvi Shaw and coached by Rahul Dravid will take one Group B nations - Australia (Jan 14), Papua New Guinea (Jan 16) and Zimbabwe (Jan 19).

Mr. David Richardson, the CEO, ICC, Mr. Iftikhar Hamdani, Cluster General Manager Ramada Hotel & Suites Ajman and Syed Sultan Shah Chairman Pakistan Blind Cricket Council were the guests of the occasion and distributed prizes amongst the players.

Pakistan comes into the match following back to back victories against Bangladesh and Nepal.

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