Seven ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup matches will be played at Bay Oval including the final on Saturday, February 3, at 2pm.
India won the toss and invited Pakistan to bat first at the neutral venue, after the Indian government earlier refused to grant permission to its team to travel to Pakistan over security concerns. Pakistan scored 282 for the loss of 8 wickets in 40 overs. Md Jail scored 90 runs in 91 balls before he was retired hurt. In reply, India reached the 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. Fox Sports (Australia), Willow TV (USA), Sky TV (New Zealand), Ten Sports (Pakistan), ESPN (Caribbean), Gazi TV (Bangladesh), SLRC (Sri Lanka) Fox Networks Group (South East Asia) and ATN (Canada). The team's opening game against Australia was called off due to heavy rain. This is the third time the tournament is being held in New Zealand, after 2002 and 2010.
"It is going to be a very important of the event for us and I have urged the players to demonstrate higher level of cricket keeping in view the strength of our opponents".
The captains of the teams coming through the qualifiers are looking forward to the tournament, which is a stepping stone in the development of all participants - players and match officials.