Venkatesh, Ajay Reddy shine as India beat Pakistan by 7 wickets

Rain put paid to all four warm-up matches scheduled for Wednesday

Seven ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup matches will be played at Bay Oval including the final on Saturday, February 3, at 2pm. Five of Pakistan's key players were missing as they failed to obtain visas in time.

In reply, India chased the target of 283 runs in 35th over while having 7 wickets in hand.

The likes of India captain Prithvi Shaw, teammate Shubham Gill, Australia captain Jason Sangha, Pakistan pacer Shaheen Afridi, Afghanistan batting sensation Baheer Shah, they all go into the event after making a mark on the domestic circuit back home.

While the ICC U19 WC 2018 is set to be the most widely available edition yet, reaching a total of 1.3 billion viewers across five continents, Indian fans will get to catch all the action on Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 1 HD. Pakistan made an average score of 282 runs for the loss of 8 wickets in allotted 40 overs.

Deepak Malik was adjudged Man of the Match.

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With this win, India climbed to the top of their group, followed by Pakistan.

Pakistan comes into the match following back to back victories against Bangladesh and Nepal. After the Men in Blue refused to travel to Pakistan for the World Cup, the organizers were forced to shift all the games to UAE.

Sixteen teams will compete in the tournament, with the 10 test-tier nations joined by six qualifiers.

The final of the tournament will be held on January 19 in Sharjah.

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