We were promised adventurous, attacking cricket under Brendon McCullum's captaincy. Now the post-match talk from within the New Zealand camp is thus:
"We came here to play some aggressive cricket,'' New Zealand captain McCullum said, "but first things first we do have to do some fundamentals right to earn the right to be aggressive ... We got a couple of things we didn't get right.''
Brendon McCullum's side did more than "a couple of things" wrong this morning, and McCullum and Mike Hesson have a huge job to do to get the team to perform credibly during the rest of the South African tour.
We desperately hope that the New Zealand side can turn things around; we still want them to succeed. But the signs this morning (or 21 December South African time; the day the world was tipped to end) are not promising. It is going to be a long and painful holiday period which will test our resolve.
The caption on the photograph above really does say it all.