In the rain-shortened match New Zealand made it with just one ball to spare at Eden Park.
New Zealand says its focus is on the West Indies team - who they lost to in the 2012 Twenty20 World Cup - not South Africa, for now.
The 2015 Cricket World Cup moves into the quarterfinals stage, with any one of the remaining eight teams able to clinch the ultimate prize.
Too much hunger for victory can bruise a team's World Cup mood, but AB De Villiers is upbeat about the team's chances.
"I didn't feel any electric vibe. It's my responsibility to get the guys going, which I didn't," said captain AB de Villiers after losing to Pakistan.
The opening batsman's 159 off 128 balls led South Africa to their second knock of over 400 in the Cricket World Cup, setting a near impossible target.
The emphasis is not only the starting 11, but the entire squad of 15, because going forward there might be an injury or somebody might fall ill.
Captain AB de Villiers took his team to a sterling victory against the West Indies, with his 162 from a mere 66-ball knock.
After an unfortunate accident while training, Albie Morkel is back. And how.
The suddenly in-form batting marvel has totally changed the picture, which is not pretty for SA.
India has bowled out the South African team in Melbourne; announcing themselves as genuine contenders to defend their World Cup title.
With our Parliament in utter shambles, at least South Africans can take pride in the Proteas' performance in the Cricket World Cup.
The 20 overs of spin and part-time bowling could be costly when the Proteas come up against the strong Indian batting line-up on Sunday.
Neil Manthorp looks into his crystal ball and sees the Proteas producing a clean sweep of group matches before reaching the final in Melbourne.
The fanfare of the Proteas' sendoff was a bit much, but hopefully the actual tournament will see less of an outside world frenzy around the team.
Russell Domingo says the South African cricket team are mentally strong enough to bring home the trophy as they depart for Australia and New Zealand.
The Proteas' World Cup hopes hinge on fortune allowing their world-class players to keep shining.
The Proteas can use the last matches against the Windies to hone the skills of their reserves.
The Proteas ODI captain's knock of 149 of 44 balls was a combination of the two factors, and he won't try and repeat it in the next game.