Playing 'real cricket' for the first time, Hong Kong were found wanting, as they tumbled to a massive 125-run loss in their one and only practice match before the Asia Cup gets underway tomorrow. A hastily arranged team of Sri Lanka Under-23 and Under-19 representatives smoothly went about the task of handing out what might be perceived as a morale-sapping defeat. But Hong Kong captain Rahul Sharma insisted the whole exercise was to learn how to play real cricket. 'This is real cricket. All of us were tested to the fullest today and I hope everyone will have learned something from the experience,' said Sharma bravely after the huge loss. 'We might have lost badly but no one must be disappointed as this was a game to learn from. We were playing on a good grass wicket against quite strong opposition. This was proper match cricket and we should learn how to apply ourselves,' said Sharma. Once again the reason for defeat can be pinned on poor Hong Kong batting. Chasing a total of 272, Hong Kong were bowled out for 147. And for the umpteenth time, they made the cardinal sin of failing to bat out the 50 overs, being dismissed in the 42nd over. 'Our batting once again let us down. We got a good start from the openers but then the rest of us failed to capitalise on that foundation,' said Sharma, who himself failed to enter double figures. Manoj Cheruparambil and Tim Smart had given Hong Kong a reasonable start by reaching 50 in the 12th over. But Cheruparambil has a knack of getting out once he had been set, and this was the case again as he tried to cut an uppish delivery only to offer an easy catch. His 37, which in the end was the top score for the innings, included one lovely six hit straight over a medium-pacer's head. From 50 for no loss, Hong Kong lost both openers to see the score slip to 60 for two. Sharma went at 67 and Ilyas Gull was bowled next ball as Hong Kong slumped to 67 for four. The writing was on the wall when Tabarak Dar was out in the 23rd over with the score on 74 for five. In the bowling department, too, Hong Kong slacked after getting off to a good start, rocking the Sri Lankans back on their heels by having them on 26 for three at the end of the first 10 overs. Both opening bowlers Khalid Khan and Afzaal Haider made the most of conditions early in the morning as they moved the ball in fiery spells. But once the pitch had dried, the home batsmen gradually took control, and despite a good spell from left-arm spinner Najeeb Amar who took one for 30 off 10 overs, scored freely. Khan was easily the best of the bowlers taking three for 49 in his 10 overs. Haider's early good work was spoiled when he returned at the death, conceding 32 runs in his last two overs to finish with one for 52 off eight overs. 'We gave away too many runs at the death. Today was a lesson on how not to bowl in the last 10 overs,' said Sharma.