ABU DHABAI - Canadian Dan MacLelland regains lead in All-Events, while squad 1 leader Korea slips to third place with Malaysia in fourth in the Bowling World Championships played at Khalifa International Bowling Center on Saturday.

Pakistani team is also performing relatively very well unlike of past appearances. Pakistan dropped Fazil Mania from the squad while include youngest player Sardar Ahmer Saldera and 17-year old is already grabbing attention of top players. Finland and Sweden are battling to take lead in the prestigious five-player team event. Defending Team World Champions Kimmo Lehtonen, Juhani Tonteri, Osku Palermaa, Petteri Salonen and Joonas Jehkinen of Finland had games of 1,145, 1,131 and 1,105 on long oil in the second squad to take the overall lead with 3,381 pins.

Two-hander Palermaa led the team with 709 and was followed by Salonen (679), Lehtonen (676), Jehkinen (661) and Tonteri (656). Finland has won a medal in the team event in each of the three previous men’s world championships, bronze in 2006 and 2008 and silver in 2010 and claimed the gold at the combined world championships. Sweden’s Robert Andersson, Martin Paulsson, Joachim Karlsson, Jesper Svensson and Martin Larsen, who led after two games with 2,289, 1,130 and 1,159 finished mere 19 pins behind Finland in second place with 3,362. Sweden world champions in 1999 here in Abu Dhabi and 2003 in Malaysia are eagerly waiting for a medal in the team event since.

Squad 1 leader Korea with doubles gold medalists Park Jongwoo and Choi Bokeum and their teammates Kang Heewon, Shin Seunghyeon and Kim Kyungmin slipped to third place with 3,354, the Koreans improved every game posting scores 1,023, 1,088 and 1,243. The top 4 teams after six games preliminaries will advance to the medal round no 1 will bowl no 4 and no 2 faces no 3 in a one-game semifinal match, the winners bowl for gold and silver while the losers share the bronze medal. Dan MacLelland used a 734 series to regain lead in All-Events (combined scores in singles, doubles, trios and teams) after 21 of 24 games with 4,835 and an average of 230.24.

Choi Bokeum slipped to second place with 4,829 and an average of 229.95, Mike Fagan is third with 4,798 (228.48), top 3 after 24 games will earn the medals in All-Events with the top 24 advancing to the Championships-ending Masters competition today (Sunday).