Wormsley: Captain Mithali Raj stars as India beat England by six wickets on the fourth day of the Women's Test at Wormsley.
Set 181 to win, India began the day on 119-4, with England knowing Raj stood between them and any hope of victory.
But the India skipper hit 50 not out, adding 68 with nightwatchman Shikha Pandey (28 not out) as England's seam-heavy attack failed to break through.
The sides now meet in three one-day internationals which form part of the inaugural ICC Women's Championship.
It represents a major triumph for India, who have not played a Test since 2006 and struggled in recent global limited-overs tournaments.
By contrast, England will reflect on a poor batting performance on the first morning of their first match since the squad were awarded full-time professional contracts by the England and Wales Cricket Board.
Jenny Gunn, replaced as vice-captain by Heather Knight earlier this summer, was named as player of the match after taking 5-19 in India's first innings before giving England hope with an unbeaten 62 in their second innings - the biggest score of the match.
Edwards added: "Hopefully we'll come back better in the one-day internationals.
The first one-day international is at Scarborough on Thursday.
England Women - 92 (Niranjana 4-19) and 202 (Gunn 62*, Taylor 40, Goswami 4-48)
India Women - 114 (Gunn 5-19) and 183 for 4 (Mandhana 51, Raj 50*)
Result - India Women won by 6 wickets