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Bosman tears into hapless Zimbabwe

Loots Bosman tore into the bowling as the Gestetner Diamond Eagles thrashed Zimbabwe by 98 runs in their Standard Bank Pro20 match in Bloemfontein on Wednesday.

Bosman struck a magnificent 94 off 54 balls to set Zimbabwe a Duckworth/Lewis-adjusted target of 184 in 17 overs, but they only managed 85 for nine.

Two run outs in the first 11 balls of the Zimbabwe innings, including that of key batsman Tatenda Taibu without facing a ball, ensured that the visitors would go down to the two-time champions.

Hamilton Masakadza and Brendan Taylor struck the ball sweetly as they both scored 28 off 26 balls, but the rest of the innings was a sorry tale.

Spinner Thandi Tshabalala was the Eagles most successful bowler with two for 16 in his four overs, but Dean Elgar should also take a bow for his three overs that cost just four runs and a wicket.

Bosman's beefy batting carried the Diamond Eagles to a sturdy 181 for three in 17 overs. Bosman took a terrible toll on the Zimbabwe bowlers in a top-class display of brutal hitting.

The deadly assassin took three singles off his first 12 balls before four fours off his only over killed off Chamunorwa Chibabha.

Bosman also laid into Elton Chigumbura and spinners Prosper Utseya and Ray Price in a breathtaking onslaught that brought him six fours and a six off his next 10 deliveries.

The 30-year-old looked so omnipotent that it was a surprise when he was dismissed, heaving spinner Keith Dabengwa on the leg-side, Masakadza clinging on to the catch.

But there was to be no changing of the status quo for Zimbabwe as Elgar and Ryan McLaren maintained the Eagles' grip on control.

Fifty runs were added by the duo in the last 4.3 overs, the classy Elgar hitting four fours in his 24 not out off 15 balls, while McLaren bashed two sixes in his 27 off 17 deliveries.

Chibhabha returned to bowl the final over, but Tapash Mupariwa had to complete it due to an injury.

McLaren was bowled by Mupariwa in the final over, the 17th, as rain earlier in the Eagles innings forced a reduction in the number of overs.

Rain had provided Zimbabwe with some respite from a woeful time with the ball as play was interrupted after the Eagles had reached 96 for one in 9.5 overs. Bosman had laid into the Zimbabwe bowlers with 69 not out off just 38 balls.

Fellow opener Morne van Wyk (21) was dismissed as the rain began to fall, hacking Price to Chigumbura on the boundary.

Bosman added two more sixes off Utseya and one off Price as he went to a 31-ball half-century that showed exactly why he is rated as the most dangerous Pro20 batsman in the country.

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