The United Arab Emirates have qualified for the first ever Under-19 World Cup after going unbeaten in the six team round-robin event in Malaysia.

The tournament was set up nicely for a final game decider between UAE and Thailand with both teams having won all four games to that point.

Thailand won the toss and chose to bat first, scoring 84-8 from their 20 overs with Phannita Maya contributing 40 of them. UAE captain Theertha Satish top scored in the reply with an unbeaten 38 to help secure a six wicket win with 2.5 overs to spare.

With many of the UAE squad having already played at senior level, few would have been surprised at their win. Along the way they bowled third place Nepal out for just eight runs and scored 202 against last place Bhutan. Hosts Malaysia finished fourth and Qatar finished fifth.

Qualification for next year's main event continues with the East-Asia Pacific Qualifier next month in Indonesia. It will take the form of a three match series between the hosts and Papua New Guinea.