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Mumbai start favourites against Saurashtra

History and form make them the odds-on favourites but Mumbai are not taking things for granted ahead of tomorrow’s Ranji Trophy summit showdown with Saurashtra, who have upset many an apple cart en route to the final here.

The sheer weight of having senior cricketers like Sachin Tendulkar, captain Ajit Agarkar and Wasim Jaffer along with top performers like Abhishek Nayar and wicketkeeper Aditya Tare in their ranks tilts the scale heavily in favour of the 39-time champions. West Zone rivals Saurashtra, who have advanced to the summit clash for the first time, are the underdogs in the five-day clash on a wicket that is believed to be loaded heavily in favour of the pace bowlers, at least initially.

Saurashtra skipper, Jaydev Shah, said that it was very important for his team to get off to a flying start. ‘It’s a very big game for us. Mumbai is an experienced side. We would like to get a good start and put in best effort in the first innings).’ Shah, who had scored 87 in the semi-final at home against Punjab, said the key against Mumbai would be to score heavily and put them under pressure.
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