The first day of the Under-19 World Cup was not a good one for the four associate sides to play. All four lost heavily against teams that are amongst the favourites for the tournament.
Hosts Malaysia were put into bat by defending champions Pakistan and continued their terrible run against Test playing opposition as they were bowled out for just 75, 16 year old Adil Raza taking an excellent 6/29. Only Nik Azil Arifin (28) and Shafiq Sharif (13) reached double figures for the home team.
Pakistan lost a wicket in the second over with six on the board, but Ahmed Shehzad and Umar Amin put together a partnership of 69 to take Pakistan close to their target. Amin fell to the fifth ball of the ninth over, leaving Shehzad to hit the winning run four balls later, giving Pakistan an eight wicket win.
Namibia came up against the might of the Australians, and whilst the margin of defeat wasn't as big as when the senior sides met in the World Cup in South Africa five years ago, it was still pretty substantial. Australia batted first and racked up 312 before being dismissed after 48 overs. Captain Michael Hill scored a fantastic 124 from just 71 balls.
The target was always going to be tough for the relatively inexperienced Namibians, and it became even tougher when they were reduced to 10/2 in the seventh over. This brought skipper Dawid Botha to the crease, and if anyone was going to turn the match around it was going to be him, with two first-class centuries under his belt. He was the dominant batsman in a 30 run partnership with Sean Silver, then put on 68 run partnership with Louis van der Westhuizen before he was dismissed for 56.
Van der Westhuizen then shared in short partnership with wicket-keeper Ewaid Steenkamp before he was out for 48 with the score on 129/5. The rest of the order then collapsed with Steenkamp (22) the only other batsman to reach double figures. They were finally bowled out after 31 overs for 163, Australia winning by 149 runs.
India were runners-up in the Under-19 World Cup in 2006, and semi-finalists in 2004, and they look to be able to go one better this time after their performance against Papua New Guinea. Batting first, they scored 280/5 from their 50 overs, Tanmay Srivastava top scoring with 83.
Most of the PNG squad have never played on turf wickets, and that inexperience showed as the Indian bowlers rolled through their batting order. Alfred Amini, the latest in the long line of that family to play for Papua New Guinea and one of two in this squad, was the only player to score more than extras with 26 as his team were bowled out for just 85, India winning by 195 runs.
Ireland's match against England was thought to be the best chance for an associate victory over a Test playing nation on the first day but it turned out to be the biggest defeat as they lost by ten wickets. You can read the full report from that match here.
The other two associates will be in action tomorrow, with Bermuda taking on Bangladesh and regular giant-killers Nepal playing Sri Lanka. CricketEurope will be bringing you live coverage of the Bermuda v Bangladesh match.