Diwan Rezaldy, Fachri Ibnu Askar, Billy Muhammad Islam and Hardy Rachmadian, who topped the first block of 3 games contested in the morning, kept pace with the Korean men after the latter took over the running at the start of the second block.
Korea's Choi Bok Eun, Cho Young Seon, Kim Kyung Min and Kang Hee Won, who were second to the Indonesian team in the first block, reeled in big games in the fourth, fifth and sixth games to win the preliminaries with 5443.
Indonesia finished second with 5280, 164 pins ahead of the fast-finishing Chinese Taipei's Tsai Ying-Hao, Chen Chia-Hsing, Teng Jui-Pu and Wu Hao-Ming in third with 5116. Qatar's Jassim Al-Muraikhi, Saoud Ahmed Abdulla, Yousef Al Jaber and Ghanim Aboujassoum also stormed home in the second block to snatch the fourth and last semi-finals spot with 5111.
Thailand missed the cut by 48 pins in fifth position with 5063. China, who was third in the first block and had remained third after the fourth and fifth games, dropped out of the top four to end in a disappointing fifth.