Mumbai start favourites against Saurashtra in Ranji Trophy final

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"Against Bombay you always need to score big runs and then put pressure at the start as if they don't get a good start, they sometimes collapse. If you take a few crucial wickets in between and hold them out it will be good," he said.

It's though, easier said than done, as Saurashtra realised in their last meeting in Rajkot in the league stage in December, when Mumbai rattled up over 600 and bowled them out for 300 to take the vital first-innings lead.

Both the teams would miss key members for the all-important clash with Saurashtra appearing the more handicapped in the absence of players like Cheteshwar Pujara and Ravindra Jadeja, both playing in the ODI rubber against England.

"They were doing very well in domestic cricket, but we can't help it as they are playing for India. If they would have been with us we would have been mentally up and the opponents would have felt more pressure. But we have to fight without them," Shah said.

Agarkar said, though Mumbai would miss Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma (both playing in the ODI series) and the injured Zaheer Khan, others have stepped up to do the job and there was Tendulkar to boost the team big time.

"That has been the case for a while now. We have been lucky enough to have Sachin. Does not change anything as other guys have stepped up for us and so is the case with them. We are missing some big players and so are they, but it's an opportunity for others to try and make a mark.

"We are obviously missing Rohit, Ajinkya and Zak (Zaheer), all big players. But we have Sachin whose mere presence in the dressing room helps a lot of the younger guys. His involvement on the field is still the same since the first time I met him. We are very happy he is part of the squad," added Agarkar.

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