The West Indies' decision to base themselves in Australia ahead of the Under-19 Cricket World Cup provided an immediate outcome in Townsville on Sunday, when they beat two-time champions India by four wickets.
The West Indies kicked off their campaign with a successful run chase against India, who were restricted to 166 for eight.
Wicketkeeper-batsman Smit Patel top scored for the side, hitting a patient 51 before being bowled by paceman Ronsford Beaton, who finished as the most successful West Indies bowler with three for 33. Medium-pacer Kyle Mayers claimed the important wicket of captain Unmukt Chand (22) and was consistent, ending with 2-35 from 10 overs.
India Colts 166/8 in 50 overs (S Patel 51, U Chand 22, R Beaton 3/33) lost to WI Colts 167/6 in 47.1 overs (A Alleyne 52, K Mayers 43, Harmeet Singh 3/35).