Dhawan, in particular, quickly found the pace of the pitch to his liking and rushed to 34 off just 23 balls, including eight boundaries before he was caught on the square leg boundary by Andile Phehlukwayo off Kagiso Rabada.
"Just a little bit more fight with the bat".
Rohit admitted that he was in a good frame of mind despite not getting runs in the initial games. As he trudged back to the pavilion, Shikhar Dhawan put an arm around him and offered a sympathetic pat on the back.
After that India looked well set to go way past the 300-mark with Rohit impressive after only managing 40 runs in his previous four innings in the series.
Sharma, who by this time had scored a fluent 77 was joined by Ajinkya Rahane. By the time Rahane realised he was in trouble, he had nearly reached the non-striker's end. "There were some soft dismissals, starting with myself".
Yuzvendra Chahal (2/43) also took two wickets for India, while Jasprit Bumrah (1/22) chipped in with a wicket.
"Aiden Markram has been asked to captain and he's shown some glimpses".
While this wasn't the best South African team on the field, credit must be given to India for coming back after losing the Test series. Iyer must start converting the starts into big scores if he wants to cement his place in this team. "Constant chopping and changing of personnel and the batting order is not helping the team's cause either", he cited.
"The Indian spinners took five wickets again tonight". Dhoni needs to get a hold of his batting if he wishes to silence critics who feel that he is no longer a force to reckon with when it comes to wielding the willow. He slammed superb 115 runs in the match, this was his first ever ton in the rainbow nation, but the Mumbai batsman did not celebrate his achievement with great joy.
Indian captain Virat Kohli was happy after the win.
But the hosts were 65-3 when AB de Villiers went cheaply after a rash shot in the 13th over and once Hashim Amla departed for 71 after a needless run out, home hopes were dashed. After looking at India's score, it seemed that he was nearly 50 runs short.
The hosts, meanwhile, are boosting with confidence following the victory in Johannesburg and that they will now look to build on the positives as they have an opportunity to end the six-match series on an even note. His effort in Port Elizabeth on Tuesday gave India a fighting chance of clinching their first ODI series in South Africa.
"He knows how to make hundreds in one-day global cricket but he's not been allowed to either by the way they've bowled or the sort of lack of confidence in our batting or the way that we have played".
The two wrist spinners once again proved to be a revelation as none save Amla could read them properly.