India defeated UAE by 154 runs in the opening match of the U-19 Asia Cup in Dubai on Thursday, with Harnoor Singh hitting 120 off 130 balls and captain Yash Dhull hitting 63 off 68 balls. India built up 282 for five in 50 overs after losing the toss, with Harnoor and Dhull contributing significantly. In the end, Rajvardhan Hangargekar smashed 48 from 23 balls, propelling India to a respectable score.

UAE deployed nine bowlers at the ICC Academy Ground, but their batting crumbled under duress and was all out for 128 runs in 34.3 overs. With three wickets, Hangargekar was the most successful Indian bowler, while Garv Sangwan, Vicky Oswal, and Kaushal Tamble each took two wickets. On Saturday, India will face arch-rival Pakistan.

Pakistan defeated Afghanistan by four wickets on an opening day, while Sri Lanka thrashed Kuwait by 274 runs.