Blackwell, Perry set up comprehensive Australia win
Australia Women 276-6 (Blackwell 114, Perry 90) beat
India Women 175 (Perry 4-45) by 101 runs
First One-Day International, Manuka Oval, Canberra
Alex Blackwell scored a century and Ellyse Perry made 90 and then took four wickets as Australia Women beat India Women by 101 runs in the first One-Day International at Canberra's Manuka Oval.
Blackwell struck 114 as the pair put on 180 together for Australia's third wicket and the hosts went on to score an imposing 276 for six.
They are now two points clear of nearest challengers West Indies with two games in hand at the top of the table which will determine which four sides qualify automatically for next year's ICC Women's World Cup.
ICC Women's Championship standings (as at 02/02/2016)
Batting first, Australia did not make a good start as Jhulan Goswami had Nicole Bolton caught by Mithali Raj for one, although thereafter the hosts dominated.
Perry added 39 with Meg Lanning for the second wicket and their partnership was broken when Lanning was caught by Sushma Verma off Shikha Pandey for 43 in 46 balls.
Perry faced 118 balls for her 90 runs but was upstaged by Blackwell, who struck 12 fours during her 112-balls innings of 114 - her third ODI hundred and a new career best.
Together, they took Australia from 63 for two to 243 for three in the 46th over when Blackwell fell to Rajeshwari Gaekwad.
Grace Harris (2) and Jess Jonassen (8) fell either side of Perry as she was dismissed 10 runs short of a maiden century before Alyssa Healy hit an unbeaten 14 in seven balls.
Pandey was the pick of the bowlers for India with three for 32.
India's reply never really got going as they were pegged back early by losing wickets and couldn't build partnerships afterwards.
Thirush Kamini was run out by Perry for 10, who then struck again to remove her opening partner Poonam Raut for the same score.
Raj (23) and Harmanpreet Kaur (43) tried to get the innings back on track but after Jonassen trapped Raj in front and Perry bowled Kaur, the game was effectively over as a contest, India struggling at 110 for five in the 32nd over with Veda Krishnamurthy - run out by Megan Schutt - also gone.
Perry's outstanding match continued as she dismissed Pandey for 13 and Goswami for 25 while Harris and Schutt picked up a wicket apiece to bring about an end to India's innings.
The second ODI is on 5th February in Hobart.
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