Rolton blasts record-breaking ton

Karen Rolton

Karen Rolton achieved her eighth international century

Captain Karen Rolton's eighth international century and a second to opener Alex Blackwell headlined a record-breaking day for Australia as they cruised to a 118-run win against India at Manuka Oval.

Rolton's century (101) set the world record for the most number of one-day international centuries by a woman.

Her first century in more than three years was scored off just 91 balls and helped Australia post 281 for three, their highest score against India.

Blackwell's second one-day international century was brought up in the 49th over with twin sister Kate at the non-striker's end.

On both occasions when she has reached triple figures at international level, Alex has had Kate at the other end to congratulate her.

In reply, India were bowled out for 163 in the 46th over after again failing to mount a serious run-chase.

"I had a good off-season, so I was really looking forward to this series. I hit the ball well in the Twenty20 match and was disappointed over the couple of games because I had plenty of opportunities but didn't take my chances to get a big score," Rolton said.

"I got a bit nervous when I was in the 90s but it was great to get to three figures. I hadn't taken too much notice of being equal with Claire Taylor for the most number of hundreds.

Alex Blackwell

Alex Blackwell scored her second ODI hundred today

"There are a lot of girls making hundreds in international cricket now, so it's great just score another one.

"As a team, we wanted to work on a few things today, especially with our batting. We wanted to try and score 300, so we fell just short of that.

"Bowling-wise, I thought everyone did well. It was good to get a few more overs out of Leah Poulton and she managed to get her first international wicket.

“Emma Sampson and Ellyse Perry bowled really well to get two and three wickets each, and to finish with a couple of run-outs was very pleasing."

After winning the toss and electing to bat, Rolton and Blackwell's contributions ensured the home team posted a huge total.

India's innings began disastrously with MD Thiruskamini run-out off a no-ball in the fourth over and for the third match in a row, their chase never threatened Australia.

By the 17th over, India had slumped to 51 for four, with star batter Mithali Raj dismissed for 22.

Despite a spirited 56-run partnership between Anagha Deshpande and Priyanka Roy, Australia were able to keep the pair's efforts in check before cruising to another emphatic win.

Ellyse Perry was the leading wicket-taker for Australia with 3-21, while Emma Sampson took 2-24.