Malaysia's first trio of Adrian Ang, Muhd Syafiq Ridhwan and 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games two gold medallist, Alex Liew got off the block with a superb 746 to lead Hong Kong's first trio of Eric Tseng, Michael Mak and 2014 Incheon Asian Games Masters silver medallist, Wu Siu Hong in second, just 5 pins behind.
Singapore's Alex Chong, Darren Ong and Muhd Jaris Goh followed in third with 739. Japan's second trio was fourth with 721 and Indonesia's strong trio of Ryan Lalisang, Billy Muhammad Islam and Hardy Rachmadian fifth with 720.
Although Sasaki, Wada and Asato had a moderate start of 700, the trio scorched the medium oil pattern at Jakabaring Bowling Center with a stunning 788 in the second game to take over the running.
Malaysia 1 could only responded with 709 to slip behind the Japanese into second. Japan's other trio of Daisuke Yoshida, Takayu Miyazawa and Shota Koki moved up into third after splendid 721. Singapore dropped to fourth while Hong Kong faded after a poor 629.