Mumbai start favourites against Saurashtra in Ranji Trophy final

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Veteran Sitanshu Kotak, who frustrated Mumbai by batting for two full days when the two teams last met at this stadium in 2007, is there to launch the innings with wicketkeeper Sagar Jogiyani.

The medium pace attack of the visitors comprising Jaydev Unadkat, the experienced Sidharth Trivedi and either Sandip Maniar or Saurya Sanandiya -- needs to step up against the strong Mumbai batting line-up.

Saurashtra's spin attack is, however, more varied than the home team's and comprises off-spinners Vishal Doshi and Kamlesh Makwana and left-arm spinner Dharmendra Jadeja.

According to curator Sudhir Naik, the wicket would help the pace bowlers with seam movement and bounce over the first three days before affording turn to the spinners on the last two days.

Agarkar was not sure how the wicket would behave.

I am going to have another look as it generally changes (appearance) when the sun comes out. It was quite dewy in the morning. Probably they have had less time to prepare it than otherwise as the match got shifted here at the last minute. Women's WC matches were to be held here, so they were preparing for it.

"Hopefully, it gives both batters and bowlers good chance. That's what they always try to do," he said.

"I can't see too many changes (in playing 11) at this stage though I will have to go and have another look at the wicket," said Agarkar when asked about team composition.

"We won't play a leg spinner as the ball moves a bit here. We will play an extra medium pacer," said visiting captain Shah.

"The last time we played here we took the first-innings lead. Let's hope we take that thing with us. Kotak played a big innings (in terms of time consumed), two days or so, a record I think," he said.

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