Australia have lost the unloseable, with India producing the second-highest run chase of all time to stun the tourists.

Set a mammoth 360 for victory, after George Bailey (92) and Phil Hughes (83) fired Australia to 5-359, the task seemed insurmountable during the break of innings.

In the end India did the unthinkable – cruising to a nine-wicket victory with 39 balls to spare, with Rohit Sharma (141) and Virat Kohli (100) scoring spectacular centuries to go with Shikhar Dhawan’s 95.

At the halfway mark, everything pointed to Australia taking a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.

Every member of Australia’s top five passed 50, the first such instance in one day international history, as the score ballooned to their equal sixth highest international total.

To that point it was also the highest ever score at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium.

What happened next was something Australian cricket fans are becoming increasingly familiar with, having now conceded the four highest one-day chases of all time – and all since 2006.

The same small boundaries and docile wicket that eased Aaron Finch, Shane Watson and Glenn Maxwell past 50 soon turned against the Australians.

And India pounced.

The hosts came out all guns blazing in response with Dhawan and Sharma putting on a 176-run opening stand.

That was to be outdone by Sharma and Kohli, who piled on 186 at nearly 11 runs an over to close out the game in devastating fashion.

The tourists will rue a missed opportunity to remove Dhawan when he was on just 18.

Wicketkeeper Brad Haddin dropped Dhawan when the 27-year-old hit a massive leading edge off Clint McKay (0-64) that soared soared high into the air. see more

source: the age