Are we over the Cricket World Cup Final yet? That performance will not damage the overall tournament, but the Brains Trust will be working out what went wrong, and what can be learnt should New Zealand find itself in such a position again.
And, finally, after a mammoth season that started with those ODIs against South Africa, we have our last allocation of MVP points, and the final table. Tellingly, that joint winners of the Official Sportsfreak MVP Award had a disappointing day on Sunday.
1. Trent Boult came from nowhere this season in terms of a white ball player to being the joint leading wicket taker for the overall World Cup. Once again impressive on Sunday, even though he did not get the rewards he might have.
2. Matt Henry. What in interesting summer Henry had. Very impressive in Sharjah before having a strange drop-off in form in the Ford Trophy, meaning he was unlucky in missing out on the original squad. It took guts to pick him for the semi-final and final, but it proved the right choice. A long-time favourite in this series.
3. Ross Taylor. Although he never approached his best, Taylor’s performances in the knockout games were actually really god in the context of what was happening around him. Remove his 40 from this game and it would have been pretty horrific.
4. Grant Elliott. Like Henry, an inspired selection. He looked a class above against some truly world class bowling, and was never ruffled despite what was crumbling around him.