Defending champions India begin U-19 World Cup with win over arch-rivals Pakistan

India set a target of 263 and Pakistan openers looked well-set to take team to a win. Deepak Hooda's spin (5/41) however ruined Pakistan's plans.

updated: February 15, 2014 20:01 IST
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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 Under-19 World Cup here on Saturday.

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.

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