Simon Jones instigated a remarkable victory to provide England with double cheer in their tour opener.
The Welsh pace bowler, operating at somewhere close to full pelt in an impressive five-over spell, reaped two wickets in the Cricket Club of India's second innings at the Brabourne Stadium.
Those strikes, in his first competitive match since ankle surgery last autumn, laid the foundation for a 238-run win during the evening session of the third and final day.
After hefty contributions of 88 by Marcus Trescothick - recovered from illness - and 59 by Ian Blackwell gave the English second innings respectability, the home team were faced with a target of 314 but more pertinently needed to occupy 36 overs to draw.
Jones saw a venomous yorker earn a leg-before decision before a lifter around off-stump was edged straight to second slip.
Jones was missed in Pakistan, and the team management have been careful with his rehabilitation since Christmas. Coach Duncan Fletcher said: "If you speak to anyone coming back from injury they are always a little bit tender here and there.
"As they make progress you just have to make sure they don't do too much.
"That's especially so with Simon: he is an individual who is flat out or nothing - whether it is the way he throws the ball, runs around the outfield or bowls."
Although the opposition was nowhere near as strong as England will face in the second of two warm-up matches before the Tests, there were plenty of positives for Michael Vaughan's men.
Four of the top six expected to start the three-match Test series in Nagpur next Wednesday scored half-centuries and all the bowlers were given a work-out.
Fletcher said: "We used the game as a practice game, and it was very satisfying from that point of view.
"We didn't really go in for the win if we are honest - we went into those three days to use them as effectively as we could. But it was very pleasing to see the way we finished it off. It looked pretty clinical in the end."
Half-a-dozen bowlers shared the wickets, with fast bowler Steve Harmison hastening the result after coming on fourth change.
Monty Panesar extracted more turn than in the first innings to take two for 15 - but fittingly it was fellow left-arm spinner Ian Blackwell who finished things off with two quick wickets for six in the match.
Earlier, he strengthened his case for a maiden Test cap with a hard-hitting innings during which he pummelled four sixes and six fours.
Fletcher has always advocated depth in the batting order, and Blackwell is the most like-for-like replacement for the injured Ashley Giles should the side contain a solitary slow bowler.
Fletcher said: "That is the key area we have to look at. We are happy with Giles there, and that is the decision we will have to make."
While England managed to involve 14 of the squad on the final day, Paul Collingwood (back spasm) and Matt Prior (stomach bug) were ruled out.