All four teams in contention in Group B
In Group B, all four teams — Kerala, Services, Telangana and Pondicherry — are in contention for a spot in the next round.
If Telangana defeats Pondicherry on Friday, it qualifies having logged seven points from three matches. The second match between Kerala and Services, then, becomes redundant.
But if the contest ends in a stalemate, the outcome of the Kerala vs. Services clash will determine the qualification scenario. If Services ousts Kerala, it qualifies automatically with six points and, if it goes the other way, Kerala and Telangana will have five points apiece.
Pondicherry also has an outside chance of qualifying if it beats Telangana by a big margin and the day’s second match ends in a draw. It will be a three-way tie, then, between Services, Telangana and Pondicherry, with four points apiece.
In case two teams are tied on points, the goal difference and then the head-to-head will determine the qualifier.