22nd October, Kuwait: 2017 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games Doubles bronze medallist, Dhruv Sarda of India upset a strong field to snatch the lead in the Men's Singles opening squad of the 25th Asian Tenpin Bowling Championships on Tuesday.
Australia's Adam Haynes and 2016 Asian Tenpin Bowling Championships Team gold medallist, Takuya Miyazawa of Japan set a blistering pace with 268 in their opening game to lead Indonesia's Diwan Rezaldy by two pins.
2014 World Men's Championships Masters gold medallist, Kang Heewon of Korea followed in third with 265 ahead of Philippines' Patrick Nuqui in fourth with 257. Others having a good start were 2018 World Men's Championships Singles gold medallist, Rafiq Ismail of Malaysia in fifth with 256 and Shusaku Asato of Japan in sixth with 254.
Asato fired a sizzling 289 in his second game to take over the lead while a second Indonesian, Yeri Ramadona added a scintillating 279 to his opening game of 232 to take up second, 32 pins behind the Japanese.
2018 World Men's Singles gold medallist, Rafiq Ismail of Malaysia moved into third with 242 in his second game to share third spot with Rezaldy. Kang slipped down to fifth to tie with Hong Kong's Michael Mak and Kuwait's Mostafa Almousawi. India's Sarda moved up to sixth after posting 276.
Asato continued to set the pace with another strong game of 244 in the third game hunted down by two Malaysians, Ismail in second and rookie, Hafiz Zainuddin, who rolled back-to-back 250s to move into third spot. Kang and Ramadona tied in fourth spot, a further three pins away.
Ramadona up his pace with a scorching 289 to become the third leader of the squad. Sarda rolled an identical 289 to take over second spot, 11 pins from the Indonesian. Kang also rolled a big game of 275 to move back up to third.
Zainuddin rolled the championship's first 300 in the fifth game to become the fourth new leader. Sarda added a splendid 255 but slipped 24 pins behind the Malaysian. Kang remained in third while Rezaldy and Mak made up the top five.
Sarda ended the squad the strongest with 246 to snatch top spot with 1524 pinfalls. Asato, who had dropped down the field, bounced back with 279 to clinch second spot with 1522. Zainuddin managed 210 to settle for third with 1512.
Kang finished fourth with 1497 while Ramadona completed the top five despite finishing with a strong game of 266. The second squad will contest their Singles tomorrow morning. The combined scores will determine the medal winners.
The women will resume competition with their Doubles event after the medal ceremony of the Men's Singles event and lane maintenance. The men will contest their Doubles event split into two squads on October 24.
Photos by Terence Yaw in Kuwait.