India made a promising start to the second and deciding Test against South Africa in Durban before bad light brought a premature end to play.
Murali Vijay (91 not out) and Cheteshwar Pujara (58no) held firm after the loss of Shikhar Darwan in the morning session to close on 181-1 early in third.
The umpires took the decision to take the two teams from the field just eight overs after the tea break and were subsequently not able to get back out.
With the series poised at 0-0 after a memorable draw in Johannesburg last time out, India won the toss and chose to make first use of what looked a true and fairly docile track at Kingsmead.
Having announced he is to retire from Test cricket at the end of the match, all eyes were on Jacques Kallis in the field although the 38-year-old had little to do on day one as he bowled just seven overs.
India made solid progress with openers Dhawan and Vijay negotiating the first hour, although Soutrh Africa's one and only success came straight after the morning drinks break.
Having contributed 29 to an opening stand of 41, Dhawan edged to Alviro Petersen at first slip off the bowling of Morne Morkel who had come through a late fitness test to play for the home side.
But that was as good as things got for the Proteas with the ball as Vijay found a willing ally in Cheteshwar Pujara to strengthen India's position.
After reaching 76-1 at lunch, the duo had taken the total on to 163-1 with relatively few moments of concern, although Dale Steyn almost accounted for Vijay on a couple of occasions in the latter half of the second session.
Having scored freely off spinner Robin Peterson after tea the runs dried up when Steyn and Morkel returned to the attack, but soon after the umpires offered the light to prompt what proved an end to the day's action.