India beat Australia, take 2-1 series lead

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India retained the Border-Gavaskar trophy with a comprehensive 137-run win against Australia at the MCG on Sunday. "We are desperate not to lose. really determined", Cummins said.

The Melbourne pitch offered little pace and bounce for Australia's fast bowlers, who toiled for nearly two days as India scored 443-7 declared in its first innings.

It wasn't just the bowlers that were impeccable for India in Melbourne.

After being hammered by the Aussies in the Perth Test, Virat Kohli & Co. displayed exemplary grit and determination to come out tops in the all important Boxing Day Test.

"So we've got to learn from that, and get better really quickly before we go to Sydney". "He is embracing the fact that if something has been told to him and he has to work on those things, he has worked on it", said Kohli.

Cape Town Test in March earlier this year witnessed one of the worst incidents in the Australian cricket history.

"I think they've just made a decision to take the weather out of consideration", Harsha Bhogle told Fox Cricket as Pujara came to the crease after the fall of the first wicket, with India not appearing to be chasing quick runs.

But Paine wasn't dwelling on the vexed issue, noting that Steve Smith and David Warner's suspensions had also provided opportunities. Last week we saw the Sri Lankan team save the first Test match against the Kiwis team on the back of some outstanding innings played by Angelo Mathews and Kusal Mendis.

"If you took Pujara and Virat out of India's side I think you would have the same conversation".

"We've rolled up some wickets that have taken away from our strengths, which is pace and bounce". "The pitch was always going to be a bit of a grind".

Playing with hard hands, Usman Khawaja was caught off Ravindra Jadeja's left-arm finger-spin, before Bumrah produced the delivery of the day to remove Shaun Marsh - an ingeniously executed slower ball on the cusp of lunch.

"It's all about taking pride in the roles we were given and executing them". But I just think you have to give India credit. I see nothing wrong with this approach, mind, but I can not figure out why this team is reluctant to ask others to bat again. "We are all but ready for the final Test match", he added.

"We were just outplayed and India deserved to win this test", Paine said. It is probably as good as most of these guys have ever faced.

Australia have already named a 13-man squad for the SCG Test, which would suggest Peter Handscomb is the only player in the mix for a call-up for the series finale, but selectors may yet opt for reinforcements.