Australia and India, who have won the title three times each, were among the teams scheduled to play yesterday after having won their earlier warm-up games in preparation for the tournament proper, which gets underway tomorrow.
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 worldwide cricket grabbing four for 24 against Ireland in Sharjah for a player of the match debut. Pakistan made an average score of 282 runs for the loss of 8 wickets in allotted 40 overs. Md Jail scored 90 runs in 91 balls before he was retired hurt. India was set a target of 359 which they completed in 32 overs. For India, Venkateshwara Rao scored a half century.
Despite the tournament being officially hosted in Pakistan, India's refusal to travel to the country means that their matches are being hosted in the UAE. The Man of the Match was Haryana boy Deepak Malik as he scored 79 with the help of eight fours.
India began well in the chase thanks to Malik. They are followed by India and Sri Lanka.
At the previous edition of the junior World Cup, held in Bangladesh, two years ago, the Indian team had reached the final.
The plate tournament will run simultaneously but end with the final at the Bert Sutcliffe Oval in Christchurch on January 28.