Third Test Match

INDIA v NEW ZEALAND 1955-56

At New Delhi, December 16, 17, 18, 20, 21. Drawn. On a pitch which throughout the five days' play gave bowlers no encouragement, 1,093 runs were scored and only ten wickets fell. From the start the course of the cricket was apparent. Sutcliffe quickly mastered the attack and Leggat helped him in an opening partnership of 98. Guy shared a second wicket stand of 130, but the heaviest punishment for the Indians came when Reid joined Sutcliffe. They added 222 in an unbroken stand before the declaration. Sutcliffe batted nearly eight hours and hit twenty-six 4's in his 230 not out, a record for New Zealand. Reid, batting just over three hours, hit one 6 and seven 4's. India, intent on a draw, batted laboriously against moderate bowling, with Manjrekar providing the backbone of the innings. He remained for nine and a quarter hours in scoring 177, and hit twenty 4's. When India declared 91 ahead, only two hours and twenty minutes remained for play.

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