Chennai: India defeated England by 317 runs in the second Test here on Tuesday to level the four-match series at 1-1.
The Indian spinners came up with a superb performance on the fourth day to bowl out England for 164 in their second innings. England were chasing a formidable target of 482 runs.
In England's second innings, Akshar Patel was the most successful bowler for India with figures of 5/60. Star off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin returned figures of 3/53 while chinaman Kuldeep Yadav took two wickets.
Axar Patel dismissed England captain Joe Root early in the second session of the day on 33 off 92 balls to all but ensure victory for India.
However, India's march to victory was delayed by a late charge by England all-rounder Moeen Ali.
Moeen Ali, who has been impressive with the ball during this series, produced fireworks with the bat as well, smashing his way to an 18-ball 43 during which he slammed three boundaries and five towering sixes.
In the process, Moeen Ali put up a quickfire 38-run stand with Stuart Broad for the last wicket to delay England's almost inevitable defeat.
Moeen Ali eventually fell to Kuldeep Yadav when he stepped out while trying to go after a delivery which spun away viciously after pitching and Indian wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant whipped away the bails.
After losing the first Test, it had become necessary for India to win this match in order to keep their chances of reaching final of the ICC World Test Championship alive.
New Zealand has already reached the final of the ICC World Test Championship. New Zealand are at the second spot in the ICC Test Championship and have already booked their tickets to the final.
But despite being at the top, the Indian team faces a strong challenge from England. Only after this Test series will it be decided who among India, England and Australia will reach the final to face New Zealand.
India 329 & 286 (Ravichandran Ashwin 106, Virat Kohli 62; Moeen Ali 4/98) vs England 134 & 164 (Moeen Ali 43, Joe Root 33; Axar Patel 5/60, Ravichandran Ashwin 3/53). India won by 317 runs.