One of cricket's most famous rivalries at the junior level was reduced to a one-sided contest as the Indian Coltschased down the 160-run target in just 33.4 overs at the Kallang Ground.
     
In the bowling department, Baba Aparajith shone with a three-wicket burst, while pacers Sandeep Warrier and Sandeep Sharma grabbed two wickets each.
     
Rahul missed out on what would have been a well-deserved century by just seven runs but stitched an unbroken 132-run stand for the second wicket with Manprit Juneja (51 not out) as India rounded off their impressive unbeaten run in the tournament.
     
India suffered an early blow in their run chase when former U-19 skipper Unmukt Chand was caught by wicket-keeper Mohammad Rizwan behind the stumps off Raza Hasan for 15 runs.
    
 Unmukt smashed three boundaries in his knock as India took the lunch at 38 for one with 122 still required from 43 overs.
    
Rahul and Juneja then combined well and put up a fine batting display to take the team past 100 at the end of the 23rd over.
     
In the process, Rahul reached his half-century with the help of eight boundaries as the Pakistani bowlers looked clueless to defend a small total on a lively Kallang pitch.
     
Both showed maturity in their approach and never went for risky shots. They produced a magnificent show of batting which saw them mix caution and aggression.
     
Rahul even smashed spinner Hasan for a six in the 32nd over to clear the deep midwicket fence.
     
Juneja provided the fitting end to the proceedings with a hit to the maximum over deep midwicket as the Indian side celebrated its well-deserved victory.
     
All the Indian U-23s players took a victory lap after their triumph.

(Agencies)

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