The result of the fourth and final Test of the series was of academic interest since Australia had already won the series 2-1 under the helmsmanship of Adam Gilchrist.
But the outcome meant a lot to Ricky Ponting who returned as captain from injury and was desperate to put his stamp on the proceedings.
The match took place on a minefield and Australia had the better of the early exchanges as they racked up a first innings lead of 99. India produced an improved performance in their second essay with Laxman yet again leading the way by top scoring with 69 while Sachin Tendulkar chipped in with a useful 55.
Part-timer Michael Clarke overshadowed specialist spinner Nathan Hauritz by grabbing an astonishing 6/9 to trigger a lower order collapse.
Nevertheless, the Indian bowlers were left with just about enough to play with, as Australia set off in pursuit of 107.
The match was over inside three days as they lost wickets at regular intervals to collapse for 93, with who else but Harbhajan being the wrecker-in-chief.