The Maldives have not had the best time of it in the South Asian Games Twenty20 tournament, and today's game against Sri Lanka was no exception.
Sri Lankan captain Ashan Priyanjan won the toss and chose to bat first, and it was he who made the game's top score, smashing 92 from 50 balls. He shared in an unbroken partnership of exactly 100 for the fourth wicket with Tissara Perera, who played for Sri Lanka in the recent tri-series against India and Bangladesh.
Perera was the second highest scorer with 44 balls from 22 balls as Sri Lanka scored at more than ten an over throughout their innings, finishing with 220-3.
The Maldives made no attempt to chase down that formidable target, instead opting to bat out their overs. This they did, scoring 73-5 to lose by 147 runs.
The big win for Sri Lanka, coupled with Bangladesh's 52 run win over Pakistan in the day's other match, enabled them to secure their place in the gold medal match on Sunday against hosts Bangladesh. Pakistan will play for the bronze medal against the winners of tomorrow's final group match between Nepal and the Maldives.
Sri Lanka Under-21s beat Maldives Under-21s by 147 runs
Mirpur, 5 February
Sri Lanka Under-21s: 220-3 (20 overs, A Priyanjan 92*, T Perera 44*)
Maldives Under-21s: 73-5 (20 overs)