COLOMBO - Former champions India beat South Africa by one run on Tuesday but still crashed out of the World Twenty20 as Pakistan went through to the semi-finals by virtue of a higher run rate.
India made 6-152 in their 20 overs and needed to restrict South Africa to 121 runs or less to reach the last four at Pakistan's expense.
India bowled their opponents out for 151 in a narrow but academic victory.
Faf du Plessis led the South African reply with an aggressive 65, studded with two towering sixes and six boundaries off just 38 balls.
When he fell in the 13th over with 58 runs were still needed but India's bowlers led by Zaheer Khan (3-22) kept their nerve to record their second win in three Super Eights encounters.
South Africa, who had lost both of their two earlier matches in the round of eight, needed 14 off the last Lakshmipathy Balaji over.