Third Test Match

PAKISTAN v NEW ZEALAND 1955-56

At Dacca, November 7, 8, 9, 11, 12. Drawn. Rain prevented a ball being bowled on the first three days, but in the limited time available Pakistan made a determined effort to gain their third victory. When play was possible, heavy atmosphere helped Khan Mohammad and Fazal Mahmood to swing the ball, and it also kept low off the soaked matting. Only MacGibbon, who attacked the bowling boldly, provided serious resistance. The Pakistan batsmen at first found runs difficult to make against the medium pace attack of Cave and Reid, but Hanif Mohammad stood firm. He and Mathias added 96 in as many minutes for the sixth wicket and Hanif stayed four and a half hours for a sound century. After Pakistan declared 125 ahead, New Zealand lost six wickets for 56, although Fazal Mahmood bowled only six overs before retiring with a blistered hand. Guy and MacGibbon defended dourly for the last forty-five minutes and staved off defeat.

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