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England's fast bowlers seized on hostile conditions in the Old Trafford air to consign Bangladesh to a familiar and depressing innings defeat in the second npower Test.

A young Bangladesh line-up with little method to withstand top-class swing found James Anderson and Steven Finn impossible to handle, disintegrating to 123 all out in 34.1 overs of their second innings.

England & Steven Finn

Steven Finn laid serious claim for this to be identified as his breakthrough series, taking 15 wickets in two npower Tests

In taking 5-42 today, Finn, named man of the series, confirmed himself as a rare find with 15 wickets in these two Test matches alone.

There can be little doubting the progress Bangladesh have made in the five years since their last visit here. But the tune of this latest loss, by an innings and 80 runs, should cause serious soul-searching.

Troubles against a swinging new ball can be expected by any touring team, but a continual lack of restraint when only graft should suffice will only result in more harrowing defeats.

There was to be no respite in the tumbling of wickets save the delay caused by rain.

Persistent drizzle ruined the entire morning session, prompting the umpires to call an early lunch. A 12.45pm inspection concluded that play would start half an hour later, with 82 overs left in the day.

When the rain cleared, Andrew Strauss chose to enforce the follow-on with a 203-run lead. It was immediately confirmed as the correct decision, as Anderson and Finn had the new ball looping around corners.

Two balls in, Bangladesh had to contemplate a rare failure for their inspirational opener Tamim Iqbal. Anderson’s ball reared at his crooked bat, which feathered an edge through to Matt Prior.

Tamim’s dismissal for two was only his second score below 52 in eight Test innings against England.

Tamim Iqbal & James Anderson

A collapse always looked on the cards when Tamim Iqbal went inside two deliveries, fencing behind a rearing James Anderson

Imrul Kayes, a successful junior opening partner in this series, never gave any indication of sticking around this time.

Having survived an early nick which stayed too low for Matt Prior to gather, Kayes’ weakness against the short ball was underlined.

The little left-hander hoicked unconvincingly for a fine-leg four, but Finn reprised his bouncer of the first innings, and Kayes, too late on the shot, flopped the ball to backward square-leg where Shahzad took a good catch.

Junaid Siddique guided lamely to third slip, before Jahurul Islam could only top-edge Finn’s rising ball to Prior.

As has become custom, Mohammad Ashraful played a couple of sweet front-foot shots before gloving Anderson routinely to slip for 14. It was the third wicket of Anderson's fiery and pointed 10-over opening spell from the Stretford End.

Shakib Al Hasan was next out, beaten through the gate by a Shahzad ball that nipped back into him.

Bangladesh’s entire top six had folded in just over an hour. Taking into account the 10 first-innings wickets that fell yesterday evening, 16 had gone down in the space of 43.4 overs.

England finally encountered some belated resistance from Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah, in the only meaningful partnership of 37.

Mushfiqur in particular showed real bravery up against fearsome pace from Shahzad. Touching 90mph, Shahzad rapped the tiny number seven on the gloves, then watched as Mushfiqur slapped him over the slips.

Mohammad Ashraful & England

Mohammad Ashraful troops back after becoming Anderson's third victim. His 14 was the third-highest score of the day

Finn was reintroduced to bring about Mushfiqur’s demise after 42 balls, mis-timing a leg-stump half-volley to substitute fielder Karl Brown at midwicket.

Mahmudullah employed less orthodox methods, dangerously backing away to cut Graeme Swann off his stumps.

Unafraid to take the attack to Finn when he erred short, Mahmudullah slapped two short balls for four to move to 38.

But in a depressingly predictable demise, he fell prey to the same shot, top-edging Finn behind to the last ball of his over, where Prior held on to a sprawling high catch.

Abdur Razzak at least took Bangladesh’s total beyond their previous low against England, 104 at Chester-le-Street, by striking Swann for three lusty blows.

But the prospect of anything more substantial evaporated when Shafiul Islam edged Finn to Strauss at second slip for his fifth wicket of the innings.

Strauss was not sure that he had his fingers fully under the ball, but after consultation from the TV umpire, Billy Bowden correctly ruled Shafiul out.

Razzak, attempting another big hit, skied Swann to mid-on where Eoin Morgan held the steepler that won the match.

Extended it may have been, but the fact remains that Bangladesh were bowled out within a session for the second time in this match.

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