Afghanistan To Face Pakistan In U19 World Cup Opener

India last won the U-19 cricket World Cup in 2012 when they defeated Australia in the final under the captaincy of Unmukt Chand

India last won the U-19 cricket World Cup in 2012 when they defeated Australia in the final under the captaincy of Unmukt Chand

India beat tournament host Pakistan by seven wickets in the Blind Cricket World Cup at the Ujman Oval in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Pakistan scored 282 for the loss of eight wickets in their 40 overs with Md Jail scoring 90 from 91 balls before retiring hurt. In reply, India reached the target with five overs to spare.

India's win means they now top their group, followed by Pakistan.

The Green Shirts lead the points table after registering back-to-back victories against Bangladesh and Nepal.

India's refusal to travel to Pakistan for the World Cup forced the organisers to shift their matches to UAE.

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But the player to watch in this group could be 16-year-old off-spinner Mujeeb Zadran, who not only grabbed five for 13 against Pakistan in that final, but also made a sensational entry into senior global cricket grabbing four for 24 against Ireland in Sharjah for a player of the match debut.

Deepak Malik was awarded as Man of the Match, while Muhammad Jamil was recognized as "Most Valuable Player".

Former skipper Rahul Dravid, who turned 45 on Thursday, has urged the fans to come out and support the India U-19 team in the upcoming World Cup, starting on Saturday.

After opening their campaign against the Australians, the Indians will take on Papua New Guinea on February 16 at Mount Maunganui before facing Zimbabwe at the same venue on January 19.

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