Sunday 6 June 2010 

England Seal Series With Innings Victory At Old Trafford

England Seal Series With Innings Victory At Old Trafford
England Seal Series With Innings Victory At Old Trafford
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England 419 (Bell 128, Prior 93, Shakib Al Hasan 5-121) beat
Bangladesh 216 (T. Iqbal 108) & 123 (Finn 5-42) by an innings & 80 runs
Second Test, Old Trafford, day three

Bangladesh were unable to deal with conditions at Old Trafford and an impressive performance from England's fast bowlers as they were bowled out inside a session to slump to an innings-and-80-run defeat on day three of the second and final Test at Old Trafford.

Having lost ten wickets between tea and stumps on day two, after play was delayed due to overnight rain and the morning session was lost, they were dismissed for 123 before tea as Steven Finn returned five for 42.

England might have feared the consequence of enforcing the follow-on if first-innings centurion Tamim Iqbal (2) got going again but those fears were allayed when he edged his second delivery to wicket-keeper Matthew Prior as he tried to get out of the way of a rising James Anderson delivery.

Imrul Kayes' problems against the short ball continued when he hooked Finn to Shahzad in the deep for nine, just as he had in the first innings and the wickets continued to tumble as bounce and swing unsettled the batsmen.

Junaid Siddique pushed firmly at Anderson only to steer the ball to Kevin Pietersen at gulley, Mohammad Ashraful edged Anderson to Jonathan Trott at slip and Jahurul Islam cut Finn to Prior as the tourists staggered to 37 for five.

That became 37 for six when Shakib Al Hasan played down the wrong line and was bowled by Ajmal Shahzad but some restorative batting from Mushfiqur Rahim (13) and Mahmudullah (38) added a touch of respectability to their score.

Rahim faced 42 balls and took a couple of nasty blows to the hand before he chipped Finn to substitute fielder Karl Brown at wide mid-on and Mahmudullah fell when he top-edged Finn to Prior having crashed him through midwicket for two boundaries earlier in the over.

Finn completed his five-wicket haul - a second in as many matches - when Shafiul Islam was caught low down at first slip by Andrew Strauss for four and Abdur Razzak (19) then slogged Graeme Swann high into the air and Eoin Morgan held on safely to bring an end to proceedings with seven sessions to spare.

Finn ended the day with five for 42, Anderson took three for 16 in ten overs, Shahzad claimed one for 18 and Swann finished with one for 34.

Ian Bell (128), Prior (93) and Pietersen (64) scored well when England batted and after Tamim Iqbal's brilliant 108 in Bangladesh's reply, they folded to be dismsised for 216 with Swann returning a five-wicket haul.

England won the opening Test at Lord's, where Bangladesh were significantly more competitive, by eight wickets.

© Cricket World 2010

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