Fifth Test Match

India v Pakistan 1952-53

At Calcutta, December 12, 13, 14, 15. Drawn. Pakistan needed a win to share the honours in the rubber and their form on the first day promised well. Sent into bat, Nazar Mohammed and Hanif Mohammed made 94 for the opening partnership and half the side remained when stumps were drawn with the total 230. The beginning of the second day proved disastrous. Phadkar and Ramchand, bowling fast and accurately, needed only seven overs to finish the innings for the addition of 27 runs. India then lost six men for 179 before D. H. Shodhan, a left-handed batsman from Gujerat playing in his first Test, rescued them with a splendid century. Last out, he hit twelve boundaries. India led by 140 runs, and Pakistan, making an indifferent start to their second innings, were soon in danger of defeat. Waqar Hussain, who stayed over five hours, and Fazal Mahmood saved the situation in a stubborn seventh wicket stand.

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