India had resumed on 166 for six in their second innings chasing an improbable 500 runs for victory but their tail-end batsman lasted just 58 minutes on a hot and sunny fifth morning of the match.
The end came when spinner Nathan Lyon (4-63) dismissed Umesh Yadav caught behind for one, condemning India to a humiliating eighth successive overseas Test defeat after last year's 4-0 whitewash in England [ Images ].
The series defeat in England saw India relinquish the top spot in the Test world rankings but they had still arrived Down Under confident they could claim a first series triumph in Australia.
It was not even close as Australia won the first Test in Melbourne [ Images ] by 122 runs and followed that with an innings and 68-run win in Sydney [ Images ] and an innings and 37-run triumph in Perth.
With world class batsmen like Rahul Dravid [ Images ], Sachin Tendulkar [ Images ] and VVS Laxman [ Images ] all having failed to fire yet again on Friday, there was little hope of India rescuing a draw by batting through the final day at the Adelaide Oval.
Nighwatchman Ishant Sharma [ Images ] (2) was the first to go in the third over of the morning when he got a nick to a delivery from quick Ryan Harris and was caught behind without any addition to the overnight score.
Wriddhiman Saha, standing in as wicketkeeper for banned India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni [ Images ], was dismissed in the next over in similar style for three.
Zaheer Khan [ Images ] hit a typically bullish 15 off 18 balls before swinging at a short Ben Hilfenhaus [ Images ] delivery and getting a thick edge to David Warner at short cover, leaving Yadav and Ravi Ashwin (15 not out) as the final partnership.