With the return of K Gowtham, Devdutt Padikkal, and Prasidh Krishna, Karnataka had Rajasthan in serious trouble at 19 for 5 in the eighth over. Krishna struck first, having Abhijeet Tomar, who has scored over 300 runs in the event, including a century, caught by Padikkal for 5. As Rajasthan was staring down the barrel, right-arm medium-pacer Vijaykumar Vyshak (4/22) took the next four wickets, including Mahipal Lomror (4), as Rajasthan was staring down the barrel. Hooda was joined by Samarpit Joshi, who had stepped in at the loss of the second wicket (Manender Singh), and the pair began to rebuild. Joshi (33 off 63 balls) provided adequate support for the captain, who was not scared to go for the big smashes.

Rajasthan had some hope against a powerful Karnataka side as the two added 118 runs for the sixth wicket. Hooda and Joshi began to play with confidence in the 24th over, and the team hundred was reached. Hooda continued to score runs despite losing Joshi and reached a well-deserved century in 99 balls. He was stumped by S Sharath off leg-spinner Pravin Dubey (1/39) in the 41st over, before Gowtham ended the innings by dismissing Khaleel Ahmed (0).

Even as fellow opener Samarth started brightly with a few boundaries, Karnataka lost the brilliant Padikkal (4) to Kamlesh Nagarkoti (1/27). In short succession, Samarth and Siddharth combined 75 runs to put Karnataka on the road to victory. Pandey then scored an enterprising half-century and contributed 100 for the third wicket with Siddharth to see the team home.

Pandey hit a massive six off leg-spinner Ravi Bishnoi, who finished with 0 for 63 from 9.4 overs. On Tuesday, Karnataka will face Southern rivals Tamil Nadu in the quarter-finals.