Similarly for South Africa, the win means a lot.
The Proteas, wearing pink outfits in support of breast cancer awareness, seemed hapless as India's left-hand-right-hand combination found the boundaries easily. And yet, with their talisman AB de Villiers gone with the game in the balance, South Africa were back to square one: shaky middle order against India's wristspinners.
Since flying in ahead of the ODIs, Shreyas Iyer has been amongst those with most batting time in the nets.
But South Africa were still busy making a mess of their run-chase despite all these serendipitous circumstances as they slipped to 102 for four in the 17 over. Matter of millimetres That said, South Africa are looking at the first three ODIs differently and say there is a lot of positivity that can be drawn from the defeats.
Earlier in the Pink ODI, India had won the toss and chose to have a bat.
Though Kohli, very unlikely, fell short of 25 runs from his 35th ODI century, Dhawan didn't miss the opportunity. In accordance with Article 2.5.1of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Players Support Personnel, which relates to minor over-rate offences, players are fined 10 per cent of their match fees for every over their side fails to bowl in the allotted time, with the captain fined double that amount.
For the tourists, who won the toss and batted first, opener Shikhar Dhawan made a century and captain Virat Kohli pummeled South Africa's bowlers again, but the tourists lost momentum after those two departed, to post 289-7 in 50 overs.
The wicket of Kohli didn't deter Dhawan who brought up his 13th ODI century at better than a run a ball. The opening batsman had a poor Test series where he accumulated only 78 runs in four innings and has carried that form over to the limited-overs clashes with three poor outings in the opening three ODIs. Even as India began celebrating, the umpire asked Miller to hang on to check for the front-foot no-ball.
The home side's innings was reduced to 28 overs, and they were given a target of 202, after a long delay for lightning and rain. They've not made it easier for us to get runs. It is always hard under lights to chase at the Wanderers.
The hosts were tentative with the bat after the break. Like our spinners don't often bowl no-balls. But after Hardik Pandya had accounted for the returning Protea superstar, Chahal and partner-in-crime Kuldeep Yadav were expected to run through the rest of the batting. He let off Miller by bowling him out on a no ball.
Phehlukwayo's 23 not out from five deliveries was the cherry on top as the stadium erupted.
Mignon du Preez scored a valiant unbeaten 90 as South Africa pulled off a consolation seven-wicket win over India in the three-match series, which was part of the ICC Women's ODI Championship.
The sellout series continues at St George's Park in Port Elizabeth on Tuesday.