The Duckworth Lewis method kicked in with India needing 174.
The four-day Shield fixture represents the left-hander's only hit-out before the first Test, but the 31-year-old was comfortably Australia's best batter in the UAE.
The asking rate was climbing up and it took a toll on Dhawan, who finally holed out of Stanlake, leaving Rishabh Pant (20 off 15 balls) and Karthik with a mountain to climb.
Glenn Maxwell hit 46 from 24 balls in the first T20 v India.
"I think we were all disappointed in what happened a long time ago and we've all spoken about it until we were red in the face".
Australia's Megan Schutt has been one of the in-form bowlers in the World T20.
Played an excellent, mature knock to be the ideal foil for Maxwell and help steer Australia out of trouble with a 19-ball 33. Marcus Stoinis successfully defended 13 off the final over, after at one point India had required 70 from 32 balls.
Then rain interrupted play as the umpires chose to reduce the game to 17 overs.
Australian cricket has been in turmoil since a ball-tampering scandal in South Africa in March and is coming off back-to-back series losses to Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates and at home against South Africa.
Australia after 8 overs were 2-66 with Aaron Finch being dismissed for 27.
When quizzed about Cricket Australia's (CA) recent decision to uphold the suspension of Smith, Warner and Cameron Bancroft, the right-hand batsman ducked the question saying, "This is not my place to give an opinion".
Australia, while being a lot more clinical with their victories, will be wary of the things that went wrong in their game against India. Since the World T20 2016, India have won 24 of their 34 matches and lost nine. "Some of our bowling was outstanding under pressure", Finch said.
The last time India toured Australia for a T20I series, they created a bit of history by whitewashing Australia 3-0 in 2016. The series moves to Melbourne on Friday before the finale at the SCG on Sunday.
Victorian opener Marcus Harris is one of two new names in the Australian squad for the Test series against India, which starts in Adelaide next month.
Khawaja said the game has evolved in the last decade, which has forced modern players to become much smarter. In keeping with the strategy used during the T20I series in England, KL Rahul (13) came out to bat at number three. Their bowling is strong with Jason Behrendorff returning from injury and the enormous Billy Stanlake still bowling with venom, they should be able to make early inroads in the Indian batting lineup. The challenge for Australia will be to put everything together and fire in unison.
Copped some early treatment from India's top order, and was the second-most expensive of the Australian bowlers (with an economy rate of 10.75) but knocked over Rohit Sharma early as some form of payback.