Australia v India, 1st Women's ODI, Canberra February 2, 2016

Blackwell, Perry power huge Australia win

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Australia Women 6 for 275 (Blackwell 114, Perry 90, Pandey 3-32) beat India Women 175 (Kaur 42, Perry 4-45) by 101 runs

Alex Blackwell slammed 112 off 114 balls © Getty Images

Australia Women shrugged off the disappointment of losing the T20I series by handing India Women a 101-run thrashing in the first ODI in Canberra.

Australia, opting to bat, rode on a 180-run stand for the third wicket between Alex Blackwell and Ellyse Perry. Blackwell top-scored for the team, stroking a 112-ball 114 with 12 fours, while Perry chipped in with 90 off 118 balls. Their efforts lifted Australia to a competitive 276 for 6.

Perry then contributed with the ball, collecting 4 for 45 to run through India's top and middle order, as the visitors failed to gather any momentum in their chase. Harmanpreet Kaur top-scored with 42, but no other player managed more than 25, as India folded for 175 inside 47 overs.

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  • Ashok on February 4, 2016, 19:32 GMT

    India lost the match because the bowlers gave away too many runs. Goswami & Niranjana, the opening pair were expensive averaging 6 run/over compared to the Aussie opening bowlers at 4 & 2 runs/over! As a result India faced an uphill task. This is one area where a significant improvement is needed. Secondly, there were as many as "3 run outs" in the Indian batting + Raj given out LBW. You cannot give away your wkt. to a Run out- its like a free gift! India needs to watch these 2 factors so that they face a reasonable total & chase it down. Having said that full credit to Perry for another great all round show & to Blackwell for a fine century. Rest of the Aussie batting was missing apart from these 2. If India can contain them, they still have a good chance of winning the ODI 2. Good Luck!

  • Sanjay on February 3, 2016, 1:06 GMT

    Perry was ineffective in the first two T20s and that went a long way to India winning her maiden bilateral series against Oz. Now she's back to her blazing best, you can see the difference she makes. No doubt in my mind, she's the best player in the world, and has been for quite some time.

    For India, we need Mithali to now step up and show her usual form, she hasn't been at her best but there's still plenty of time.

  • Charles on February 2, 2016, 21:08 GMT

    Aussie women are too strong for India in the ODI series. They all have very good average and strike rates. For India only Shika has good strike rate and M. Raj has good average but her strike rate is under 50. Wonder if Manadana is selected for the ODI's. She appears to be quite aggressive. Hope we can give a good fight in the remaining two ODI's Congrats to the Aussies.

  • Dhawala on February 2, 2016, 16:11 GMT

    Congrats to both teams from a srilankan fan

  • Unni on February 2, 2016, 12:39 GMT

    Perry is the player that the Australian mens team need now

  • Brett on February 2, 2016, 11:03 GMT

    Whether it's men or women on the field, cricket always seems to favour batting over bowling and fielding when it comes to the recognition of individual achievement. Alex Blackwell played a fine hand but how could her century have rated more highly than Ellyse Perry's 90, four wickets for 45 and a run-out? Australia won this game by a pile of runs, so whose efforts were the most telling. I doubt have any doubt it was Perry's.

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