In the opening Test on Tuesday, Joe Root led England to an emphatic 227-run victory over India, raising their hopes of securing a rare series win over the hosts on their own patch.
With 442 points, the win also pushed England to the top of the ICC World Test Championship standings table.
Four wickets and paceman James Anderson three were claimed by Spinner Jack Leach as India were dismissed for 192 on the final day while chasing a historic 420 to win.
For England, victory was all the more remarkable as it came only a month after India’s upset series win in Australia, where their first loss at Brisbane’s Gabba ground since 1988 was handed to the hosts.
With his bat and tactics, England captain Root outfoxed India on a high after the victory.
In his 100th Test, he became the first batsman to score a double century as his 218 led England in the first innings to 578.
With 40 in the second innings of 178, he was also the leading scorer.
After Leach struck early with the wicket of overnight batsman Cheteshwar Pujara for 15, India were never in the chase and Anderson even used his reverse swing on the wearing pitch.
In only his fourth game, Shubman Gill completed his third Test fifty before Anderson took away his off-stump. Three balls later, Ajinkya Rahane washed him up for nothing.
As India fell to 117-6, Anderson had India’s first innings hero Pant for 11 and spinner Dom Bess chipped in with the wicket of Washington Sundar for nought.
India captain Virat Kohli fought a solitary battle before being bowled by Ben Stokes on a delivery that stayed short, touching his 24th Test fifty.
To run through the tail, Leach and fast bowler Jofra Archer combined.
On the basis of match-winning scores of 228 and 186 against Sri Lanka last month, Root went into the test.
India, who in their first innings were bowled out for 337, faltered in the record chase after Leach sent back Rohit Sharma at the end of day four for 12.
On Saturday, the second test starts with spectators permitted at Chennai’s M.A. Chidambaram Stadium-a first for Indian cricket since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.