[caption id="attachment_900998" align="alignnone" width="628"]<img class="size-full wp-image-900998" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/KL-Rahul_AFP.jpg" alt="" width="628" height="355" /> KL Rahul's 90-run innings had eight fours and a six and he faced 112 balls. AFP[/caption] <p></p> <p></p>Opener KL Rahul continued his good form as his stroke-filled 90 guided Karnataka to the semi-finals even as another out-of-favour opener Shikhar Dhawan's failure proved costly with Delhi exiting from another quarter-finals of the Vijay Hazare Trophy in Bengaluru on Sunday. <p></p> <p></p>While Karnataka cruised to an eight-wicket victory over Puducherry in one of the quarter-finals, Delhi lost by six wickets to Gujarat via VJD Method in another last eight clash. <p></p> <p></p>Put into bat, Puducherry crawled to 207 for 9 with Vikneshwaran MM Marimuthu top scoring with an unbeaten 58. <p></p> <p></p>The Karnataka bowlers led by the vastly experienced Abhimanyu Mithun (2-35) ran through the Pondicherry top and middle order before Mariumuthu and Sagar Trivedi (54) tried to rally their innings. <p></p> <p></p>Pondicherry were reeling at 41 for 6 at one stage before Mariumuthu and Trivedi pulled them out of trouble and gave the score some semblance of respectability. <p></p> <p></p>The Karnataka bowlers kept striking at regular intervals to ensure that their opponents were restricted to a sub-par total. Leg-spinner Pravin Dubey (3-44) and seamer Vasuki Koushik (2-33) also shared the spoils. <p></p> <p></p>The chase was a walk in the park as Rahul and fellow opener Devdutt Padikkal (50) added 98 for the opening stand. Rahul's innings had eight fours and a six and he faced 112 balls. <p></p> <p></p>Once Padikkal, however one down Rohan Kadam played the perfect second fiddle to Rahul, who was all guns blazing. <p></p> <p></p>Rahul played his usual natural game and dominated the opposition bowlers. He and one down Rohan Kadam stitched a 84 run stand for the second wicket to take the game away from Puducherry. <p></p> <p></p>After Rahul fell, the win was mere a formality which was completed by Kadam in company of skipper Manish Pandey (20 not out). <p></p> <p></p>In the second quarterfinal, Gujarat defeated Delhi by 6 wickets via the VJD method. <p></p> <p></p>Put into bat at the Just Cricket ground, Gujarat dismissed Delhi for 223 in 49 overs as no Delhi batsman barring skipper Dhruv Shorey (91) showed any fight. <p></p> <p></p>India player Shikhar Dhawan's horrendous form continued as he fell for a zero. <p></p> <p></p>IPL specialist Nitish Rana (33) and young Himmat Singh (26) failed to convert their starts. <p></p> <p></p>For Gujarat, pacers Chintan Gaja (3-27) and left armer Arzan Nagaswalla (3-75) were among the wickets. <p></p> <p></p>While chasing, skipper Parthiv Patel (76) and his opening partner Priyank Panchal (80) put on 150 runs for the first wicket to take game away from Delhi. <p></p> <p></p>Delhi did try to make a comeback but it was too little too late as Gujarat overhauled the target In the 37th over. <p></p> <p></p><strong>Brief Scores:</strong> <p></p> <p></p>Pondicherry 207/9 (VM Mariumuthu 58 not out, Sagar Trivedi 54; Pravin Kumar Dubey 3-44) lost to Karnataka 213/2 (K L Rahul 90, Devdutt Padikkal 50; Sagar Udeshi 2-47) by 8 wickets. <p></p> <p></p>Delhi 223 all out (Dhruv Shorey 91, Nitish Rana 33; Chintan Gaja 3-27) lost to Gujarat 225/4 (Priyank Panchal 80, Parthiv Patel 76; Simarjeet Singh 2-54) by six wickets via VJD method.