Here's how you can watch the match live. Live stream will be available on Hotstar. Sean M. The Asian giants are heading into the six-team tournament in Breda with an eye on the title. India had experimented at the multi-sport event in Gold Coast by picking a lot of youngsters in the side.
However, for the high-profile Champions Trophy, a full-strength team has travelled to the Netherlands. Veteran Sardar Singh returns to boost the midfield while PR Sreejesh has been handed back the captains' band.
The confident Indian tactician is hopeful of a strong start and has insisted that the team will be focused on minimising errors, especially when it comes to penalty corners. There will be no room for emotions when we take on Pakistan.
The team will play against them like any other team where we go for three points," Singh was quoted as saying by the Press Trust of India on the eve of the match. Our focus will be on playing according to our structure and executing our strategies against each opponent without making any errors.
On the other hand, Pakistan ended their losing streak to India at the Commonwealth Games with a stunning late equaliser. The draw frustrated Marinje and his men and had an impact on their performances throughout the tournament.
Pakistan ready after training camp in the Netherlands Pakistan had arrived in the Netherlands well in advance and have been preparing by playing against local sides under the watchful eyes of former India coach Roelant Oltmans.
The eighth-ranked side have brought a squad that has a good mix of youth and experience.
Oltmans' familiarity with the Indian players will help Pakistan but it will all come down to pressure as the expectations are high once again for what promises to be a nervy affair in the Netherlands.