Stoinis class powers Delhi into IPL final

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Marcus Stoinis has reignited debate about his best place in the batting order, making the most of a promotion to help rocket the Delhi Capitals into their maiden Indian Premier League final.

Stoinis opens for Melbourne Stars, where a potent opening partnership with prized recruit Jonny Bairstow looms large, but has rarely been asked to perform the role for his various IPL franchises or Australia.

Delhi coach Ricky Ponting opted to make the tactical change in his side's knock-out final against David Warner's Sunrisers Hyderabad.

It proved a masterstroke as Stoinis smacked a quick-fire 38 and shared an 86-run opening stand with Shikhar Dhawan to put their side on track for a total of 3-189.

Man of the match Stoinis then snared 3-26, including the vital scalp of Kane Williamson, as Delhi secured a 17-run win.

"Ricky (Ponting) has spoken to me a couple of times about the possibility of opening the batting, and it just worked out that this was the game to do it," Stoinis said.

"It was nice to get an opportunity to bat at the top, I'm not sure if I will open in the final.

"Shikhar has really led the way for us ... he brings a lot of energy, shares a lot of knowledge. He's been really good to me throughout this time in the IPL."

Delhi will face Mumbai Indians in the IPL final, which starts at 1am AEDT on Wednesday, before Ponting, Stoinis and other Australians share a charter flight to Sydney with India's touring party.

Warner will now leave the Hyderabad hub to link up with Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood and those Australians who have already been knocked out of the IPL.

Australia and India players in Dubai have broken off into their respective national-team bubbles to continue training as they prepare for a long summer, which starts on November 27 and features six white-ball clashes plus four Tests.

Warner's Sunrisers did not help their cause in the qualifying final by dropping four catches, including an error from Jason Holder that came when Stoinis was on three.

"You can't win tournaments if you're dropping catches," skipper Warner said.

"That's probably the only thing I would have to look back at and make sure that we do better next time.

"With the ball and the bat there's probably times where we could have done a lot better, but we improved in the following games."

Australians Alex Carey and Daniel Sams are both on Delhi's books this season, but it is unlikely they will feature in the IPL decider.

James Pattinson, Nathan Coulter-Nile and Chris Lynn are part of Mumbai's squad.