The Indian batsmen had no answers to the pace and swing of South Africa bowlers as they were bundled out for 217 in 41 overs chasing a massive 359.
The enthusiasm surrounding India's tour of South Africa may have dwindled after the BCCI scissors ran on the schedule, but the series is by no means insignificant for Team India.
A foreign test will examine the team's transition phase that until its arrival in the Proteas' land was cushioned at home.
A full tour of 2 T20s, 7 ODIs and 3 Tests was reduced to a skimpy three-ODI series and a two-Test rubber unbecoming of a No. 1 vs No. 2 battle. But it should be enough to weigh an in-form Indian team, sans the 'Fab Four', under most testing conditions in world cricket.