AB de Villiers
De Villiers' late salvo gave South Africa the edge.

England agonisingly crashed out of the T20 World Cup after a three-run defeat to South Africa in Chittagong.

The Proteas made an impressive 196 for 5 from their 20 overs with AB de Villiers making 69 from 28 balls to leave England needing to repeat the heroics of their win over Sri Lanka on Thursday and successfully chase a record total to remain in the tournament.

Michael Lumb (18) and Alex Hakes (38) gave the 2010 champions the ideal start but Imran Tahir's dismissal of Eoin Morgan (14) and Jos Buttler (34) put South Africa on the brink with England requiring 45 from the final three overs.

And despite Tim Bresnan hitting two sixes in the final over England fell short in their chase on 193 for 7 and now face Netherlands in their final group match on Monday knowing they can no long qualify for the semi-final.

Captain Stuart Broad said: "We've lost by three, it's a fantastic game, credit to the players for that, we're heartbroken to come out on the wrong end but AB has taken the game away for us.

"It didn't go to plan in the last three overs but apart from that it was a good game for us. We've had some guys get going this innings but no outstanding score which you need chasing such a big total."