Sri Lanka were soundly beaten by South Africa in the final World T20 Super 10 fixture, losing by eight wickets on Monday.
After their thirteenth defeat in seventeen International Twenty20 matches in the past twelve months, it is back to the drawing board for former champions as they continue their transition period.
There is some joy for South Africa, who picked up their second win in four games to end the tournament on a high. However, they lost when it mattered, and they're also now in a time of review, as other teams look forward to their semi-final.
South Africa's bowlers rip through the Sri Lankan batting order
Sri Lanka's dreams of becoming the first team to retain the World T20 trophy ended two days ago against England, but they gave themselves hope of restoring their pride as they got off to a great start against fellow knocked out side South Africa. Dinesh Chandimal and Tillakaratne Dilshan made 45 together before Aaron Phangiso struck to dismiss Chandimal.
It was downhill from there as Sri Lanka were unable to see out their twenty overs, losing their remaining wickets for a mediocre 75 runs, finishing on 120 all out. A sorry performance saw Dilshan top score with 36, whilst South Africa shared the wickets between them with Kyle Abbott, Phangiso and Farhaan Behardien taking two wickets between them.
Amla sees the Proteas over the line
South Africa were in no rush to chase down the run-a-ball total, although some eyebrows would have been raised as a rush of blood to the head saw Quinton de Kock run out for nine. However, Hashim Amla and Faf du Plessis have plenty of experience behind them and settled into a 60 run partnership, before Suranga Lakmal eventually trapped the latter leg before wicket on 31.
Unfortunately there was nothing else for the sorry Sri Lankan fans to cheer, other than the fact South Africa did not accelerate and finish the game any earlier, preventing the former champions from finishing bottom of the group. Amla, who scored 56, and AB de Villiers saw South Africa over the line wih eight wickets and fourteen balls to spare, as they finished a disappointing tournament on a positive note.