WATCH: Virat Kohli and Keshav Maharaj share light-hearted moment as latter came out to bat during Cape Town Test

Former Indian skipper Virat Kohli shares a light-hearted moment with South African spin bowler Keshav Maharaj during the first day of the Cape Town Test on Wednesday.

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There was a wholesome moment shared between Virat Kohli and Keshav Maharaj. The former Indian skipper was seen in his elements as India dominated the opposition with the ball on the opening day of the second Test. 

Team India dominated the first session of the first day’s play in Cape Town. The New Year’s Test turned out to be disastrous for the home team as they were bowled out for 55 in the first innings. 

India’s pace bowling unit did the damage as the entire Proteas side was sent back to the hut before the Lunch break. Mohammed Siraj did the star turn with the ball to pick his Test-best figures of 6/15. 

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Just as Marco Jansen was out Keshav Maharaj walked into bat. Virat Kohli could be seen motioning a bow and arrow as the song ‘Ram Siya Ram’ played in the background. The former Indian skipper then smiled and did a proper Namaste to welcome the South African spin bowler.

It was a miserable start to the New Year for South Africa after their thumping win in Centurion to close out 2023. The 55 all-out was their lowest-ever score in Test Cricket since South Africa gained re-entry into Test Cricket.

Wicketkeeper Kyle Verreynne was the top scorer with 15 runs while David Bedingham scored 12. Jasprit Bumrah and Mukesh Kumar picked two wickets apiece to help the Indian team bowl out their opposition cheaply. 

Yashasvi Jaiswal was out for a duck when he dragged back a Kagiso Rabada ball back onto his stumps. Skipper Rohit Sharma looked in an aggressive mindset as he attacked the opposition to help India take the lead. Nandre Burger finally broke the 55-run stand for the second wicket when Rohit Sharma was caught by Marco Jansen for 39. 

Dean Elgar playing his final game for South Africa is captaining the side as Bavuma is yet to recover from his injury. Tristan Stubbs was the debutant for his side replacing the regular South African skipper. Keshav Maharaj and Lungi Ngidi were the other changes for the home side.

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