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Zimbabwe deflated in SA

A DAY after they had opened their account in South Africa’s premier domestic Twenty20 championship with a thrilling win, Zimbabwe’s Chevrons were quickly brought down to earth following a forgettable performance.

Loots Bosman posted 94 runs off 54 balls as the Gestetner Diamond Eagles beat the Chevrons by 98 runs in their Standard Bank Pro20 match in Bloemfontein on Wednesday.
The Chevrons had on Tuesday posted a two-wicket win over the Chevrolet Warriors in Port Elizabeth.
The Zimbabweans were last night playing their third match in the championship against the Highveld Lions at the Liberty Life Wanderers in Johannesburg.
After the Eagles won the toss and elected to bat at the Outsurance Oval, Bosman went to work straight away — reaching his half-century off just 31 balls. All in all, he hit seven fours and six sixes on his way to what looked like a century before he was caught by Hamilton Masakadza off the bowling of left-arm spinner Keith Dabengwa.
Dean Elgar and Ryan McLaren took over and kept the scoreboard ticking, adding 50 runs in the last 4,3 overs. Elgar posted 24 runs from 15 balls which included four fours, while McLaren hit two sixes in his 27 off 17 balls.
Because of rain interruptions, the Chevrons were set a Duckworth/Lewis-adjusted target of 184 runs in 17 overs.
Other than Masakadza and Brendan Taylor, who each had 28 runs off 26 balls, there was no other resistance in the Zimbabwe Chevrons batting.
A poor start saw two run-outs in the first 11 balls of their innings, including that of key batsman Tatenda Taibu who departed without facing a ball.
A poor middle order show saw spinner Thandi Tshabalala taking two wickets for 16 runs in his four overs, which earned him the man of the match award with Bosman.
Elgar also came to the Eagles bowling party with one wicket for four runs in his three overs.
All that saw the Chevrons managing just 85 runs for nine wickets in their innings to hand the Eagles — the two-time Standard Bank Pro20 champions — a 98-run win.
On Tuesday, the Chevrons had opened their account in the tournament with a two-wicket win over the Warriors.
The victory at the Saint George’s Park in Port Elizabeth came with a ball to spare.
On their way, the Chevrons survived the spin attack of Johan Botha who took advantage of the pitch that favoured slower bowlers to claim four wickets for 19 runs in his four overs.
He started off with a throw from mid-wicket to run out Chevrons opener Masakadza after a run-a-ball 21. Another run-out claimed his fellow opener, Taibu (22), who was caught on the wrong side of a Chamunorwa Chibhabha call for a single.
The international off-spinner trapped Chibhabha leg-before for a run-a-ball 31 and removed Elton Chigumbura two balls later.
The third run-out of the Chevrons’ innings accounted for Taylor (5), before Botha bowled Stuart Matsikenyeri (4) and Dabengwa (2).
And so the Chevrons found themselves 91 for seven in 16 overs, and so having to score 32 runs in the remaining four.
They made 13 in the next two overs and then captain Prosper Utseya and Raymond Price hit boundaries in the penultimate over to bring the run search under control.
When the skipper departed, newboy Steven Nyamuzinga joined Price at the crease and the two would ensure that the Chevrons opened their Standard Bank Pro20 account on a winning note, with the former finishing unbeaten on 12 and the latter on five.
Earlier, Price had contributed with the ball to restrict the Warriors to 122 for five in their allotted 20 overs, after the Chevrons had won the toss and sent the hosts in. The slow left-armer finished with one for 21 in his four overs.
Chigumbura, one for 14 in three overs, and Dabengwa, one for 20 in four, took the other wickets after run-outs had claimed both Warriors’ openers:  Justin Kreusch (30) and Jon-Jon Smuts (8). It was left to Botha, with 23 runs off 16 balls, and Craig Thyssen, 24 off 11, to give the Chevrons something to chase. —

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