Champions Trophy 2017: Former captain accuses Pakistan of match-fixing

India have won all three of their previous matches with Pakistan in the knockout stages of International Cricket Council tournaments to date but Azhar, 42, said there was no reason why the sequence had to be extended this weekend as well.

Beat Canada well, and India will go into the Pakistan match in the best possible frame of mind.

"We have got some new faces up front and they are firing, so teams will have to be wary of that now".

"The idea will be to stick to the plans which the coach draws up before the matches against both (Canada and Pakistan) teams".

"The other thing I said was that the facilitators of the win can not be named; however I said nothing about match-fixing or any other foul play - my statement was misunderstood", Sohail said. So, getting a win, and an impressive one at that, will be vital.

India conceded an early goal before making a strong comeback after half time. "They should not be flying too high on their success at the moment because we know that they've been "brought" to this position". "He reminded us about the strategic planning we had made ahead of the match against Scotland and asked us to execute it and not think of the misses we had in the first two quarters". "I have never tried my hand in it but they are pretty good, so they will be fine", Kohli said.

Title-holders India will be firm favourites against a Pakistan side who were the lowest ranked of all the teams taking part in a tournament featuring the world's top-eight one-day worldwide sides. The last thing they will want is to put themselves under extra pressure by suffering a poor result against the Canadians.

He further emphasised that India has no added pressure as being the host it is already assured of a place in the Hockey World League Final to be held in Bhubaneswar later this year.

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