The first qualifier will be played between Pakistan’s Faisalabad Wolves and New Zealand’s Otago Volts also at the PCA stadium.
In Tuesday’s second game, Dhawan’s star-studded Hyderabad, featuring the likes of Parthiv Patel, Cameron White, Darren Sammy, Dale Steyn, Thisara Perera and Ishant Sharma, would aim for a win.
Dhawan, who was named as the side’s captain after Sri Lankan Kumar Sangakkara opted to play for the Maroons, has been in rollicking form, earning the Man of the Series in the ICC Champions Trophy 2013 in England.
The 27-year-old left-handed batsman feels captaincy is a new challenge and he is looking forward to it.
Sri Lankan Lahiru Thirimanne, captaining the Maroons, will take solace from the fact that the presence of international cricketers such as Sangakkara, Ajantha Mendis and Nuwan Kulasekara besides Rangana Herath, give his team a good balance of youth and experience.
“We are a young team but some of our players are very experienced and that makes for a very good combination,” the Maroons captain said.