Pacers Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar bagged two wickets each to get the plaudits.
"In 2015, I sat afterwards and I was extremely disappointed".
"Maybe because of how much limited-overs cricket we play, I think the players are getting more experienced in hard situations", he said. It's just that those little things are something that needs a push every now and then and we embrace it as a team now. "We all know they're a very risky team".
Leading South Africa comes with political interference from above, especially in team selection, which has transformation quotas on race to satisfy. "These are the players". If those two run-outs were not enough, South Africa had another and this time it was Imran Tahir, who showed all the indecision that should not be shown while running between the wickets.
Captain AB de Villiers, on 16, perished trying to pinch a quick single and David Miller (one) was dismissed in farcical circumstances with both batsmen stranded at the same end to leave South Africa struggling at 142 for four.
"It's so hard to put all this pressure on AB and nearly blame him".
"I don't know, to be honest with you", said Faf du Plessis, when asked why the team always seemed to fail on the big stage. "The team let him down".
About the game against Bangladesh, he said, "We played in Birmingham, we like that pitch, suits our game. Today was a team performance".
The defeat kept South Africa's choker's tag in tact but De Villiers, who scored only 20 in three games, defiant. "But in this tournament, we weren't playing like the No.1 team". I think his run out could be the turning point, and David Miller's; he's a very risky player, as well.
Ravi Shastri: Great stuff guys. "He has a good chance of playing, but we still haven't decided". The answer lies in there. "We are very close as a unit and we have just got to make it work when in matters the most". If I use an example, [from] the top five in the a year ago and half, there have been a lot of hundreds.
The dilemma for all concerned lies in the utter lack of consistency that characterises both sides.
Batting first, South Africa never looked in control of the game after a slow start from Hashim Amla (35 from 69 balls) and Quinton de Kock (53 from 72 balls).
The Pakistan bowlers tore through the Sri Lanka middle order in a searing spell that saw the Lankans lose four wickets for just six runs, and then the batsmen, chasing a smallish total, went smash-bang at the start, with Fakhar Zaman showing he is a force to be reckoned with at the top of the order. Still, South Africa's superstars barely shone. They equalled their longest winning streak in that time.