Coach says they must spend more time at the crease to pull out of their form slump Hong Kong's 'novices' put up another terrible batting display, this time even worse than their feeble efforts against the United Arab Emirates last week, to be bowled out in less than one-and-a-half sessions against Nepal on the second day of the three-day ICC Intercontinental Cup match yesterday. If coach Robin Singh thought his batsmen couldn't go any lower than their scores of 127 and 184 in their seven-wicket loss to the UAE in Sharjah, he was proved wrong as Nepal put Hong Kong into bat and, using the conditions superbly, dismissed Hong Kong for 91 before heavy rain stopped play for the day. 'They played like novices,' an exasperated Singh said. 'I think even the Hong Kong under-15 team could have batted better. 'All they had to do was to spend some time at the crease. If you are out of form, the best way to get back is to bat yourself in. 'But none of them hung around long enough.' The writing was on the wall within the first hour of play, with Hong Kong crashing to 24 for six - the entire top order falling like skittles to some superb seam bowling by Nepalese captain Binod Das. The right-arm medium-pacer used the new ball brilliantly on a pitch which had bounce and plenty of movement, and supported by his slips cordon, scythed through the Hong Kong line-up. 'It was a disciplined effort from Binod,' Nepalese coach Roy Dias said. 'He just kept his line and length and let the batsmen make the mistakes. He fully deserved his six-wicket haul.' If not for a last-wicket partnership of 38 between Nasir Hameed and Khalid Khan, Hong Kong might have been dismissed for one of their lowest scores. Hameed, a last-minute call-up after the Nepalese had objected to Sher Lama playing as he was not in the original 14-man squad, made the most of his opportunity and was the only batsman to come through the debacle with his reputation intact. Hameed made 32 and together with Khalid added invaluable runs in a partnership that lasted 10 overs. Only two other batsmen reached double figures - the Ahmed brothers Irfan and Nadeem. The top six batsmen could make only 16 runs between them. 'The top order must start shouldering the responsibility of scoring runs,' Singh said. 'You can't expect the last-wicket pair to put on runs, or the number 11 to get 50. The batsmen have given the bowlers nothing to bowl at.' After the first day had been washed out, play began yesterday an hour late as there were a few wet patches at the Tribhuwan University Stadium ground. But the large and vocal crowd of more than 1,000 spectators were soon cheering deliriously as the Hong Kong batting procession began to and from the pavilion. Rahul Sharma was the first to go. Hong Kong's most experienced batsmen gave wicket-keeper Manoj Baisya the first of his two victims when he edged Das in the fourth over of the morning. Das struck again in his next over when skipper Tim Smart couldn't get his bat out of the way quickly enough and the ball took the edge and flew to second slip, where Paras Khadka took a good catch. Two down for 12 became 14 for four in the eighth over, when Das grabbed the wickets of Adam Gunthorpe and Ilyas Gull with successive deliveries. Gunthorpe was caught behind by the wicket-keeper while Gull was brilliantly caught at first slip for a golden duck. Manoj Cheruparambil prevented a hat-trick for Das, but he too didn't last long, playing all over a full-length delivery from left-arm medium-pacer Mahaboob Alam that kocked his middle stump back. Khadka pouched another catch to send Tabarak Dar back and Hong Kong were 24 for six with only 12 overs bowled. Teenager Irfan Ahmed gave the Hong Kong camp a rare reason to cheer when he smacked Das for six over mid-wicket. It was one of the rare occasions when Das strayed down the leg side. But for that delivery, his bowling was immaculate. Ahmed was next to go when he was well taken at gully, stretching forward to one from Das and failing to keep control of it. Afzaal Haider was out leg before just before lunch, which was taken with Hong Kong gasping at 42 for eight. Nadeem Ahmed struck two fours in the first over after lunch, but in the next over he was out trying to hoist leg-spinner Raj Kumar over mid-on. Khalid Khan walked in with the score on 53 for nine and, with Hameed, put on runs which Hong Kong will hope will be vital today. 'The only way we can salvage this debacle is to bowl them out cheaply,' Singh said. 'But you can't expect the bowlers to get a side out for 100 all the time. It is time the batsmen started doing their bit.'