India just that extra class at the MCG

India have taken a 2-1 series lead and retained the Border-Gavaskar trophy after a 137-run win against Australia.

The attempt at a fairytale finish for the Aussies entering day give needing 141 to win with two wickets in and was quickly dashed when Pat Cummins (63) dismissed after just two runs were added to the board.

A Nathan Lyon hook shot was caught behind at short time later bringing to an end the game and the home side's chances of taking the series to the final match in Sydney at 1-1. 

Australian captain Tim Paine said they need to re-group and hit back hard next week in Sydney.

"We know we can match it with these guys," Paine said.

"It's been a difficult year, I think the silver lining is over the next few months we've got some world-class players becoming available.

"We've also been able to get some time and games into some young batters. Over the next few years we'll be able to see what's happened."

Queenslander Marnus Labuschagne has been called into the squad for the final Test with speculation Mitchell Marsh will be dropped.

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