Dravid helps India level Sri Lanka series

GOA, India, Feb 14, 2007 (AFP) – Rahul Dravid became the sixth batsman in history to reach 10,000 one-day runs as he steered India to a series-levelling five-wicket win over Sri Lanka on Wednesday. Dilshan and Arnold rebuilt again in the middle overs before Harbhajan had Dilshan caught at the wicket in the 42nd over to take his second wicket. Dravid hit a match-winning 66 as India overcame early setbacks to surpass Sri Lanka’s 230-8 in the 47th over of the third one-day international at the Nehru stadium here.

The hosts hit 233-5 to level the four-match series 1-1 with the decider to be played in Visakhapatnam on Saturday. The first match in Kolkata was abandoned due to rain and Sri Lanka won the second in Rajkot by five runs.

The series is the last for both teams before they head to the Caribbean for the World Cup starting on March 13.

India’s victory was set up by left-arm seamer Zaheer Khan who grabbed a career-best 5-42 after Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bat in good conditions.

Zaheer reduced Sri Lanka to 6-3 in the fifth over before the tourists, electing to take first strike, fought back through the lower order to post a challenging total.

Russel Arnold (66 n