Moeen Ali
England celebrate one of Moeen's many wickets as they draw level in the series Getty

England have secured their first Test victory in almost a year after beating India by 266 runs to level the five-match series.

The hosts brought the third Test to an end before lunch to level the series at 1-1 as Moeen Ali took 6 for 67 at the Rose Bowl in Southampton.

India began the fourth day needing a miracle as they attempted to chase down 445 to secure victory and were dealt an early blow as Rohit Sharma (6) made an early exit off James Anderson's delivery.

MS Dhoni (6) would soon follow from another Anderson ball, as the India captain edged behind straight into the waiting hands of Jos Buttler.

Moeen, who was warned by the International Cricket Council not to wear the pro-Gaza wristbands he wore recently, then took over and made quick work of Ravindra Jadeja (15), capitalising on an overambitious effort from the left-hander to sneak the ball between his bat and pad for the wicket and reduce the visitors to 152-7.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar (0), Mohammed Shami (0) and Pankaj Singh (9) all soon followed as India's capitulation came full circle as Moeen secured his best return in a Test match to seal England's first Test victory in 11 attempts.

"It was a bit of a scramble for the souvenir stumps at the end as it was some people's first win and I want them to remember that. But the senior players stood up as well, the team was fantastic from one to 11," England skipper Alistair Cook said following the win.

"Moeen Ali's bowling has come on leaps and bounds this summer, he's fronted up to the responsibility, worked really hard and responded well. Getting six wickets to win the game, you couldn't ask for more."