Virat Kohli wishes Indian hockey team ahead of crunch game vs Pakistan


He scored two goals for India in the opening game to overturn the deficit and give the lead.

The match will be shown live in India on Star Sports 2, with live streaming on Hotstar.

All of India's goals came from field play as they sent a warning to their Sunday's opponent Pakistan, who were blanked 0-6 by Canada on Friday (June 16). Even as Canada struggled to find an opportunity to score, Indian defenders were up to the task to keep them at bay. Two minutes later Ramandeep Singh's shot from the top of the circle was saved by David Carter in front of the Canadian goal.

India further controlled the game and took a 3-0 lead as a soft turnover in the midfield allowed India to launch a fierce counter-attack in the 18th minute.

India's marquee midfielder Sardar Singh was in the centre of action with some impressive dribbling, trying to make space in the circle. Canada get the ball rolling!

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India earned their second penalty corner in the 25th minute but Jasjeet Singh Khular's try went wide of the target as Roelant Oltmans' men went into the breather with a comfortable 3-0 lead. Canada, however, with a better-structured midfield, managed to minimise the Indian forays into their circle. Getting hit on the face from the penalty corner.I don't know how these guys do it.

India's young dragflick sensation Harmanpreet Singh made no mistake with a brilliant flick, picking up the ball from injector Sardar Singh, to send the ball like a bolt to the top corner of the post. India also drew a crucial match against them at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

The Dutch played at a relentless pace and scored a goal in each quarter. In the second half we were a bit unlucky. Their superb fitness helped them match the mighty English team for most of the time and there was no further score in the match.

India will be fancied to beat Canada as well, and they will want to put up a much better performance, not just to take all the points, but also to build some much-needed confidence, because after this match is the big one against Pakistan, on Sunday. "He asked us to bring more energy and aggression into our game", Manpreet said. "We will treat the match as important as any other match", Manpreet said after the match against Canada.