LAHORE Pakistan defeated West Indies by 40 runs in the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup at Palmerston North. According to reports made available here, Babar Azam followed a century with two wickets from his right-arm spin to inspire a 40-run win for Pakistan over West Indies. Azam continued his pre-tournament form with 129 from 132 balls while opening the batting after West Indies chose to field, and his century formed the crux of Pakistans 297 for seven. West Indies were given a very good start to their chase, with the openers Kraigg Brathwaite and Trevon Griffith posting a century stand, but Azams twin strikes derailed them. Griffith, having smashed his way to a stunning 84 from 55 deliveries, was bowled by Usman Qadir, son of former Pakistan great Abdul Qadir. Azam then eliminated Evin Lewis and captain Andre Creary for ducks. West Indies folded to 257 in 46.5 overs with Brathwaite unbeaten on 92. In another match played at the Bert Sutcliffe Oval in Christchurch, defending champions India strolled to an eight-wicket win over Afghanistan. SCOREBOARD Pakistan Under-19s innings Babar Azam run out (Dewar) 129 Ahsan Ali b Holder 21 Ahmed Shehzad c & b Warrican 21 Azeem Ghumman run out (Griffith) 49 Rameez Aziz c Dowrich b Holder 14 Hammad Azam not out 28 Usman Qadir c Griffith b Warrican 1 Sarmad Bhatti c Gordon b Warrican 14 Anop Santosh not out 12 EXTRAS: (lb 2, w 6) 8 TOTAL: (7 wickets; 50 overs) 297 Did not bat: Raza Hasan, Fayyaz Butt Fall of wickets: 1-40 (Ahsan Ali, 9.1 ov), 2-90 (Ahmed Shehzad, 19.3 ov), 3-214 (Azeem Ghumman, 41.5 ov), 4-241 (Babar Azam, 44.5 ov), 5-241 (Rameez Aziz, 44.6 ov), 6-248 (Usman Qadir, 45.6 ov), 7-267 (Sarmad Bhatti, 47.5 ov) BOWLING NA Gordon 9-1-54-0 JO Holder 9-0-50-2 J Warrican 10-0-63-3 J Blackwood 2-0-15-0 AS Creary 7-0-42-0 AMA Dewar 8-0-50-0 Y Cariah 5-0-21-0 WEST INDIES Under-19s innings KC Brathwaite not out 92 T Griffith b Usman Qadir 84 E Lewis b Babar Azam 0 AS Creary lbw b Babar Azam 0 Y Cariah b Usman Qadir 11 SO Dowrich c Azeem Ghumman b Ahmed Shehzad 19 JO Holder c Usman Qadir b Ahmed Shehzad 3 J Blackwood c Usman Qadir b Ahmed Shehzad 10 AMA Dewar st Anop Santosh b Raza Hasan 13 J Warrican b Fayyaz Butt 5 NA Gordon b Raza Hasan 6 EXTRAS: (lb 2, w 10, nb 2) 14 TOTAL: (all out; 46.5 overs) 257 Fall of wickets: 1-120 (Griffith, 17.6 ov), 2-123 (Lewis, 18.5 ov), 3-126 (Creary, 20.3 ov), 4-151 (Cariah, 27.5 ov), 5-182 (Dowrich, 32.6 ov), 6-193 (Holder, 35.3 ov), 7-215 (Blackwood, 40.6 ov), 8-243 (Dewar, 44.4 ov), 9-250 (Warrican, 45.5 ov), 10-257 (Gordon, 46.5 ov) BOWLING Sarmad Bhatti 2-0-27-0 Fayyaz Butt 8-0-46-1 Hammad Azam 1-0-24-0 Raza Hasan 8.5-0-39-2 Babar Azam 10-1-35-2 Usman Qadir 10-0-41-2 Ahmed Shehzad 7-0-43-3 Result: Pakistan Under-19 won by 40 runs Toss: West Indies Under-19 and elected to field. Umpires: NG Bagh (Denmark) and RA Kettleborough (England) Match referee: BL Aldridge Reserve umpire: IN Ramage (Scotland).