Stuart Broad admitted his England side were "heartbroken" after a three-run defeat to South Africa ended their hopes of reaching the ICC World Twenty20 semi-finals.
South Africa's stand-in captain AB de Villiers smashed 69 not out as the Proteas set a huge total of 196-5 which ultimately proved too much for England to chase down.
England now cannot qualify from Group 1 despite still having one fixture remaining and Broad said De Villiers' onslaught at the end of the end of South Africa's innings proved decisive.
"Very much so, we've lost by three runs," Broad said when asked if the last three overs England bowled cost his side.
"First of all, it was a fantastic game of cricket, there were almost 400 runs scored in 40 overs.
"Obviously we're heartbroken we've come on the wrong side of it, but you have to give full credit to the way AB's batted at the end, he's taken the game away from us.
"It didn't go to plan for the last three overs, but I thought other than that it was a pretty good game for us. So it's disappointing but sometimes you have to give credit to the opposition."
England have a match against the Netherlands still to play but it is now certain that will be the last game they play in this year's competition.
Even though his side have no chance of making the semi-finals, Broad says there are plenty of positives to take from the tournament.
He added: "We're obviously out of the World Cup, that's a big disappointment.
"I think a lot of people would have been very surprised if we'd have got out of the group with such strong sides in it, and you're going to have big teams not making it to the semi-final.
"But we have done good things in this World Cup which will stand us in good stead. I'm proud of the way the guys have performed over here. We have to finish strong against the Netherlands."
De Villiers was standing in as South Africa captain after Faf du Plessis was banned for a slow over-rate and the temporary skipper was delighted to see his side claim a victory which ensures their place in the last four.
"It was a great game, I thought the boys did extremely well and all credit to my team. It was close at the end there, just fortunate (it was) our day today," he said.
"It was very tough. I knew from the start it was going to be close at the end," he added of the slippery difficult conditions brought on by dew.
"It's important to mix things up and not be predictable but once again I think the execution of the bowlers, in particular towards the end, was amazing."