Third Test Match

India v Pakistan 1952-53

At Bombay, November 13, 14, 15, 16. India won by ten wickets. Kardar won the toss for the first time in the series and faced the unenviable task of deciding whether to bat on a pitch affected by sun following the early morning dew. He chose first innings and Pakistan made a bad start from which they never recovered. Waqar Hassan showed stubborn resistance, and on his second attempt, Hanif Mohammed demonstrated during six hours at the wicket that he possessed the temperament for the big occasion, but these two apart there was again a lack of skill against the turning ball. Mankad and Amaranth sent back the first six men for 60, and only the determination of Waqar Hassan prevented a complete rout. Hazare proved invaluable to India when they batted on turf still far from easy. His steady and correct methods helped to demoralise the attack and, with the danger period over, he and Umrigar, less orthdox but equally effective, hit one 6 and fifteen 4's in reaching his century in two and three-quarter hours. Hazare took half an hour longer over 100 and took out his bat after four and a quarter hours at the crease.

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