Matthew Hayden muscled his way to a double century which was almost overshadowed by Steve Waugh's unfortunate handled the ball dismissal. Sachin Tendulkar responded with a ton on his beloved Chepauk ground to help India collect a healthy first innings lead of 110.
The Turbanator, who had grabbed seven wickets in the first innings, then continued to weave a web around the hapless Aussies, taking his match haul to 15 and his series haul to 32.
That left India with the task of knocking off a relatively modest 155 in the fourth innings. It was that man Laxman again who led the way with a polished 66 before Mark Waugh snapped up one of his four catches in the innings, with an athletic lunge at midwicket, to leave the match poised for a dramatic conclusion.
Samir Dighe, making his Test debut, knocked the ball around to gather 22 valuable runs but fittingly it was Harbhajan who stroked the winning runs with two wickets in hand.