Panesar spins England to victory over India

England has levelled the series 1-1 with India following a comfortable 10-wicket win over India in the second Test, with Monty Panesar finishing with a career-best match haul of 11 for 210 on his return to Test cricket.

England batsman Kevin Pietersen and captain Alastair Cook's first-innings centuries set up the victory and England spinners Panesar and Graeme Swann did the rest.

Panesar followed his five first-innings wickets with six for 81 as he and Swann accounted for 19 of the 20 Indian wickets to fall.

Beginning 31 runs in front and with just three wickets remaining on day four, India was all out for just 142, leaving England a victory target of 57.

Cook (18 not out) and Nick Compton (30 not out) passed their target in under 10 overs.

The tourists head for the third Test in Kolkata with renewed confidence that they can become the first English team to win a series here since 1984/85.

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