Sri Lanka-based International College of Business and Technology beat pre-competition favourites Assupol TUKS, by a narrow two-wicket margin, in their Group B opener played at the Abhimanyu Cricket Academy, Dehradun on Monday.

The South African side won the toss and elected to bat first, but the decision back fired, as they were reduced to 15 for five in four overs.

Malshan Mendis troubled TUKS batsmen with a disciplined spell that yielded five wickets for just 22 runs in four overs.

Murray Coetzee helped rebuild TUKS' innings with a 19-ball 28. His fourth-wicket forty-run stand with Matome Modiba helped TUKS recover from their early set back.

Ruben Classen then added 39 runs with Corbin Bosch to help their side post a respectable 134 in their 20 overs.

ICBT, in reply, refused to hand TUKS the early advantage. Their top-five batsmen found runs and took their team close-in on a win.

It was down to nine needed off four balls. Uralakalasi de Silva smacked a four and a six off consecutive deliveries thereafter to pull off a narrow win.

In the first Group A encounter, Delhi-based Shraddhanand College thrashed European University of Bangladesh by seven wickets.

Fast bowler Abhishek Vats made the most of a lively surface and pegged the team from Mirpur on the back-foot early, with two quick wickets.

They failed to recover from the early set back and were at one stage reeling at six for 27 in eleven overs. Vats added another wicket to his tally, as the opponents managed just 46 in their innings.

Shraddhanand College lost just three wickets in the chase and reached the target in just seven overs.

In the last match of the day, Loughborough MCCU out classed University of Technology Sydney by a convincing six wickets.

The side from Australia scored at a brisk seven-runs per over and managed 140 in their innings. Harry Dalton top-scored with a quick fire 41 off just 30 balls.

Loughborough were reduced to three for 43 in six overs, but a 90-run fourth-wicket stand between Michael Burgess and Timothy le Breton helped their side reach the total in just 15 overs.