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Love’s fleeting embrace crushed on the last chance for connection!

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Australia have lost just 1 Test in 30 years to New Zealand.

Immersing yourself in a day of Test cricket can evoke the romantic side of your love for the game. Picture a morning where an underdog team, against all odds, endeavors to chase down an improbable target.

This scenario creates the perfect opportunity to believe in the magic of the game. A recent experience at the Basin Reserve in Wellington (March 3) perfectly encapsulates this sentiment.

Attempting to chase down 369 runs, a feat achieved successfully only 10 times in cricket history, added an extra layer of challenge for New Zealand. The Black Caps not only had to break new ground but also had to defy the historical patterns of Test cricket. As a spectator on that enchanting Sunday morning, whether passionately supporting the Kiwis or simply savoring the romantic allure of the game, there was a distant hope that they could create a memorable affair.

Regrettably, the reality fell short, and the Black Caps couldn’t even progress past the initial stages. Rather than a heartbreak, it felt like a toothless surrender, reminiscent of past encounters with Australia. Failing to breach the 200-run mark emphasized the ease with which Pat Cummins and his team secured victory.

Rachin Ravindra showcased commendable skill against Australia’s attack on Day 3, particularly facing the threat of Nathan Lyon. However, Lyon’s well-executed plan on the fourth morning exposed Ravindra’s vulnerability, highlighting the lack of resilience from the Kiwis. The subsequent dismissals of Tom Blundell and Glenn Phillips marked the end of the fleeting romance before it truly blossomed.

Daryl Mitchell showed some stability, but the overall batting lineup succumbed quickly. New Zealand’s conservative approach, coupled with hesitation, reflected in their attempts to rectify a poor record at the Basin Reserve. Even in moments of control, they seemed reluctant to commit to a substantial plan or dictate terms.

While Australia’s dominant victory might suggest ruthlessness, the disappointment for New Zealand lies in letting the Aussies win without truly challenging them. Despite a career-defining performance from Cameron Green and New Zealand’s failure to close out the game effectively, Australia’s performance wasn’t their absolute best.

The game, despite its one-sided conclusion, left room for contemplation. Even if the romantics among the audience hoped for a miracle, deep down, they recognized the likelihood of unrequited love in this cricketing affair. 

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