(CNN) -- England collapsed to their lowest-ever Twenty20 total of 111 all out on the way to a dispiriting seven-wicket defeat against South Africa at Trent Bridge on Thursday.
Jacques Kallis inspired South Africa to a seven-wicket victory over England at Trent Bridge.
The hosts began the Super Eights phase of the World Twenty20 competition with a dire batting performance, in which only Owais Shah and Kevin Pietersen put the opposition bowlers and fielders under any pressure.
It was a near formality for South Africa to knock off an inadequate total on an increasingly slow surface, after England had chosen to bat first on a sunny evening -- and Jacques Kallis (57 not out from 49 balls) ensured the job was done with minimum fuss and 10 balls to spare.
England's innings was in almost immediate trouble. Ravi Bopara was out in the first over -- and the total was still only four when his opening partner Luke Wright followed in the next.
Pietersen drove his first two balls for four but was to fall victim to Albie Morkel, who bowled the first maiden over of the tournament -- and was not required to bowl again.
Instead, it was Wayne Parnell (three for 14) who was to prove statistically the pick of the South Africa attack, returning to knock over the last two wickets.
Before then, five middle-order wickets fell for only 14 runs in 20 balls and by the time England reached their final total, there were only three double-figure scores in their entire card.
It leaves host nation England needing to beat holders India at Lord's on Sunday to remain in the competition.
Earlier, Aaron Redmond hit a thumping 63 from just 30 deliveries as New Zealand opened their Super Eights campaign with a convincing 83-run victory over Ireland.
Redmond's innings, which included 13 fours, provided the impetus for New Zealand, as they reached 198 for five from their allotted 20 overs.
In reply, minnows Ireland were bowled out for a modest 115 in only 16.4 overs. Andre Botha top scored with an aggressive 28 from 17 balls.