The Black Caps missed a chance for a rare victory abroad, with the hope that the glory will overcome something more unique.
Their ODI series against Pakistan ended at 1-1, after a third and (allegedly) decision one day left in Dubai for rain.
Yes, you read exactly – rain. In Dubai! He came down with the Black Caps at 35-1 in the 280th chance to win, and the players never returned to the field, leaving the line drawn.
Whether it classifies as a missed opportunity for black caps depends on your perspective.
Chasing 280, after losing Colin Munro, and Captain Kane Williamson absent for a small hurdle, was probably unlikely to win.
However, George Worker and Henry Nicholls began to push hard and both sides wanted to fight for a deserved score on the field rather than a humid conclusion at last.
He finishes an ODI series that – like the Twenty20 series before him – contained some positive signs for the Black Caps, just without the end result that new coach Gary Stead wanted.
Their balls had their own moments, and Lockie Ferguson's stock picked up after another impressive effort this morning.
Speedster claimed its first five-breasted international bag, taking 5-45, although it was with three of its skaters who came in the last race. However, his step proved to be problematic throughout the whole series and seems to have jumped to Adam Milne and Mattu Henry in the three best options of the Black Cap in the 50th format.
While recording a treasured wealth in his eventual characters, Ferguson attributed a change in approach to his success, bowling over the passage instead of passing through slower slower conditions.
"I changed the gameplan from the first two games – I was looking to hit the heavy length, nice and straight, and brought the cracks into play a bit more. It was good luck but I was just doing it, and it was nice to have some results."
Henry had an opportunity today, taking 1-53 after replacing Tim Southee, while Trent Boult took the blows, leaving for 80 of his 10 remaining, including a bizarre moment in which Pakistan performed five of one of his deliveries after someone shambol field.
Babar Azam was once again excellent for hosts, knocking 92 out of 100 balls, while Fakhar Zaman (65) and Haris Sohail (60) saw Pakistan to 279-8 – a highly challenging total in UAE wickets slammed.
It would be something special for the Black Caps to persecute and win a series of victories, but, unfortunately, they did not even get a chance.