South Africa plundered a mammoth 229-4 in 20 overs against England at the Wankhede Stadium yesterday. It was a result of some meticulous planning and practice in the net sessions which the Proteas have had in Mumbai for the last few days.
Leg-spinner Subodh Chhabria, who bowled to the South African team in their three net sessions (two at Brabourne Stadium, one at Wankhede), gave an insight on the Proteas' practice sessions.
Chhabria also bowled a couple of times to the England team in their preparation for the ICC World T20.
Here's how SA skipper Faf du Plessis chooses his areas to hit. "I was bowling with a new ball, so Du Plessis asked me whether I am bowling in the Powerplay overs and what is my field setting like.
"He then asked where my two fielders are outside the 30-yard circle. I told him long-on and long-off. The next delivery, he went down on his knees and hit me over the deep square-leg. Then, I bowled a bit quicker and the ball hit him on his pad while playing the same shot," Chhabria told mid-day.
SA's hard-hitting duo AB de Villiers and David Miller were the most difficult batsmen to bowl to in the nets.
"You bowl anything to Miller, he will hit you straight down the ground," said Chhabria, who has been bowling to visiting international teams for over five years now.