Dhawan seemed in elegant type throughout his 49-ball knock that was studded with 13 fours and two sixes.
Dhawan was ably supported by Prithvi Shaw (32 off 15) first up after which skipper Rishabh Pant (15) and Marcus Stoinis (27 not out) as DC chased down 196 in 18.2 overs.
Put in to bat, Mayank Agarwal and captain Okay L Rahul stitched a century-run opening stand to information Punjab to a difficult 195 for 4.
Agarwal made 69 off 36 balls, whereas Rahul scored 61 off 51 deliveries as Punjab made a flying begin to their innings.
Chasing 196, Dhawan and Shaw made a rapid begin, sharing 59 runs in simply 33 balls for the opening wicket.
Shaw continued his high-quality type and smashed a 17-ball 32 earlier than being holed out to Chris Gayle off Arshdeep Singh.
Steve Smith, enjoying his first match for DC, seemed a pale shadow of himself earlier than turning into Riley Meredith’s first sufferer of the day.
But the wickets hardly had any influence on Dhawan, who continued his attacking strokeplay to deliver up his fifty off 31 balls.
Needing 71 off 42 balls, DC struck gold by selecting up 18 runs off the 14th over.
Dhawan hit Meredith for a hat-trick of fours, in addition to the bowler gave away one other boundary off a large ball as DC introduced down the margin to 53 off 36 balls.
Dhawan, nonetheless, fell eight in need of a superb century when he was cleaned up by Jhye Richardson (2/41) within the sixteenth over.
Earlier, Pant’s resolution to bowl after profitable the toss backfired because the opening duo of Agarwal and Rahul took the assault to the opposition bowlers from the onset, hitting boundaries and sixes at will.
While Agarwal was the aggressor of the 2 initially, Rahul upped the ante after a comparatively sedate begin.
Agarwal and Rahul adopted an aggressive method towards debutant Lukeman Meriwala and Kagiso Rabada, taking their group to 94 for no loss in 10 overs.
Agarwal was trying harmful throughout his 36-ball knock and ended up hitting seven boundaries and 4 hits over the fence.
But DC dismissed each the batsmen in fast succession to make a comeback into the match.
While Agarwal was the primary to depart, slicing a Meriwala supply straight to Shikhar Dhawan at sweeper cowl within the thirteenth over, Rahul handed a easy catch to Marcus Stonis at midwicket off Rabada.
Rahul’s knock was laced with seven boundaries and two sixes.
Big-hitting Chris Gayle (11) failed to make a mark, perishing quickly seeking a most.
Nicholas Pooran (9) failed but once more however Deepak Hooda (22 not out off 13) and Shahrukh Khan (15 not out off 5) supplied the a lot wanted large hits in direction of the tip.
For DC, Ravichandran Ashwin (0/28) was economical, whereas Avesh Khan (1/33), Meriwala (1/32), Chris Woakes (1/42) and Rabada (1/43) picked up a wicket every.
Punjab Kings: 195/4 in 20 overs (Mayank Agarwal 69, Okay L Rahul 61).
Delhi Capitals 198/4 in 18.2 overs (Shikhar Dhawan 92; Jhye Richardson 2/41).