Rilee Rossouw hit his maiden Twenty20 international century to set up a 49-run consolation win for South Africa in the third match against India on Tuesday.
The left-handed Rossouw made an unbeaten 100 in 48 balls to steer South Africa to 227-3 after being invited to bat first in Indore.
South African bowlers then combined to bowl out India for 178 in 18.3 overs, but the hosts took the three-match series 2-1 — their first ever against the Proteas at home — after winning the first two matches.
It was the last match for both the teams ahead of the T20 World Cup in Australia starting later this month and the 32-year-old Rossouw made it count for the tourists.
Quinton de Kock, who hit 68 off 43 balls, and Rossouw put on 89 for the second wicket after skipper Temba Bavuma, who got ducks in the two losses, fell for three.
Rossouw survived a dropped catch on 24 by Mohammed Siraj in the deep as the ball popped out of his hands for a six. De Kock made his second successive fifty with a hit over the fence off Umesh Yadav.
The pair hit eight sixes between them before the partnership ended with De Kock’s run out in his attempt to steal a second run.
Rossouw, who hit eight sixes, then got going with Tristan Stubbs in another big partnership of 87 and surpassed his previous best of 96 not out to reach his hundred in 48 balls.
Stubbs, who was warned by pace bowler Deepak Chahar for backing up too far at the non-striker’s end when on 13, made 23.
Rossouw finished unbeaten and David Miller, who hit a 100 in the second T20, smacked three straight sixes in the final over from Chahar to score an unbeaten 19 off five balls.
In reply, India lost two early wickets including skipper Rohit Sharma for a duck after the opener got an inside edge on to his stumps from pace bowler Kagiso Rabada.
Wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant (27) and Dinesh Karthik (46) attempted to revive the chase in an attacking partnership of 41 off 20 balls.
The left-handed Pant got out after hitting three fours and two sixes in his 14-ball knock, but Karthik kept up the charge.
Left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj denied Karthik his fifty after the batsman attempted a reverse scoop only to be bowled.
The rest of the batting, which missed Virat Kohli and KL Rahul who were rested, failed to challenge the bowlers apart from Chahar who made a valiant 31 of 17 balls.
Fast bowler Dwaine Pretorius, who came in for the rested Anrich Nortje, stood out with figures of 3-26 in his 3.3 overs.
Scores: Brief scores in the third and final Twenty20 international between India and South Africa in Indore on Tuesday:
South Africa: 227-3 in 20 overs (Quinton de Kock 68, Rilee Rossouw 100 not out) v India: 178 all out in 18.3 overs (Rishabh Pant 27, Dinesh Karthik 46, Deepak Chahar 31; Dwaine Pretorius 3-26)
Result: South Africa won by 49 runs
Series: India won the three-match series 2-1