Shahid, Sami help DCA win best-of-three final.


ISLAMABAD -- Unbeaten 105 by Shahid Islam and superb bowling by Sami helped Diamond Cricket Academy, Islamabad beat visiting Islamia Cricket Academy, Peshawar by 18 runs in the best-of-three final 35-over match played here at Diamond Cricket Ground on Friday.

The best-of-three series was tied at 1-1 and it was the decisive encounter. Diamond decided to bat first but their decision failed badly as they were struggling at 4-28 in the first 5 overs, thanks to Mustafa Shinwari, who ripped through Diamond top order, but responsible unbeaten 105 by Shahid Islam not only steadied Diamond ship, but also gave huge respectability to their total as Diamond posted 217-8 in allotted overs. Shahid hit 12 fours and 3 sixes in his 49-ball knock. He was ably supported by Salman Khan, who struck 54. Mustafa Shinwari grabbed 4-23 and Ali Marwat 2-55.

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