Today's Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders live stream will showcase the first game of the 2022 Indian Premier League, and both sides are packed with great talents. Trust us, you'll want to know how to watch IPL 2022 live streams with a VPN if you're abroad right now, because this could be a classic.
The Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders live stream takes place today (Saturday, March 26).
► Time: 2 p.m. GMT / 10 a.m. ET / 7 a.m. PT
• U.S. — Watch on ESPN Plus or Willow via Sling
• U.K. — Watch on Sky Sports or Now
• Watch anywhere — try ExpressVPN 100% risk free
These two sides are ranked second and third in the IPL 2022 seedings, which are based on performance in previous competitions. CSK, of course, have won the IPL four times including last year, while KKR have two titles to their name.
Both sides have a dizzying array of superstars with both the bat and ball to call upon. Let's start with CSK — because they have the core of a superb side. Indeed, they retained eight of their best 11 from last year's title-winning side, with Ruturaj Gaikwad, Moeen Ali, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo and Deepak Chahar among those returning.
On the minus side, they'll be without Chahar — the most expensive player in this year's IPL auction — for a chunk of the tournament due to injury, and they weren't able to buy back the likes of Faf Du Plessis, Shardul Thakur and Josh Hazlewood. Moeen Ali, who was in superb form last year, also misses this first game. Still, their starting 11 looks very strong and they'll be in with a shout of the title again.
KKR also have some excellent options to choose from and also bought back the core of last season's squad, including Venkatesh Iyer, Varun Chakravarthy, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine and Pat Cummins. Alex Hales — their likely opener — decided to withdraw from the tournament, and has been replaced with the similarly explosive Aaron Finch. He'll miss the opening games, though, as will Cummins.
Here's how they line up:
CSK: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Devon Conway, Robin Uthappa, Ambati Rayudu, Ravindra Jadeja (c), Shivam Dube, MS Dhoni (w), Dwayne Bravo, Mitchell Santner, Adam Milne, Tushar Deshpande
KKR: Venkatesh Iyer, Ajinkya Rahane, Shreyas Iyer (c), Nitish Rana, Sam Billings, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Sheldon Jackson (w), Umesh Yadav, Shivam Mavi, Varun Chakaravarthy.
This game really could go either way, so find out what happens with a Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders live stream. We'll show you how to watch, wherever you are, below — and don't forget to also check out our full how to watch IPL 2022 live streams hub, including fixtures, league table and more.
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Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders live stream — how to watch from anywhere with a VPN
It's natural that you might want to watch the Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders live stream online from your home country — after all, there's nothing like enjoying the action with commentators and pundits you already know. But what if you're not there when the game is on?
Look no further than a VPN, or virtual private network. A VPN makes it look as if you're surfing the web from your home country, rather than the one you're in. That means you can access the streaming services you already pay for, from anywhere on Earth. Or anywhere that has an internet connection, at least.
For instance, a Brit who's currently in the U.S. could watch the Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders live stream from Sky Sports, even though they're not in the U.K.
They're totally legal, inexpensive and easy to use. We've tested lots of the best VPN services and our favorite right now is ExpressVPN, thanks to its combination of superb speed, great customer service and excellent device support.
It also offers a no-questions-asked 30-day money-back guarantee, so you could check it out without having to sign up long term.
Speed, security and simplicity combine to make ExpressVPN our favorite VPN service. In our testing, we were impressed by its fast connection times and by its ability to access more than 3,000 services in 160 locations across 94 countries. A 30-day money-back guarantee is another bonus.
Using a VPN is incredibly simple.
1. Install the VPN of your choice. As we've said, ExpressVPN is our favorite.
2. Choose the location you wish to connect to in the VPN app. For instance if you're in the U.S. and want to view a U.K. service, you'd select U.K. from the list.
3. Sit back and enjoy the action. Head to Sky Sports or another service and watch the match.
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How to watch the Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders live stream in the UK
You'll be able to watch every IPL 2022 live stream in the U.K. on Sky Sports and via the Sky Go app. Every game will be on Sky Sports Cricket and there'll also be plenty of supporting coverage including highlights and analysis packages.
If you already have a Sky subscription that doesn't include Sports, you'll need to pay £20/month to add those channels. If you don't have Sky at all, it'll cost you at least £41/month, depending on which other channels you choose.
Whichever package you go for, you'll also gain access to coverage in 4K and HDR, so long as you also have an HDR-ready Sky Q box and HLG-compatible TV, or the new Sky Glass TV.
If you don't want to shell out for a full Sky sub, you could also consider its Now Sports streaming service. This gives you 24-hour access for £9.98 or month-long access for £33.99 — though there's an excellent deal currently on offer that brings the cost down to £20 for the first nine months.
You'll also need to pay an extra £5/month for the Boost option that gives you full HD quality plus the ability to watch on up to three screens at once. Still, Now Sports is available on virtually every streaming device out there and is a great option if you don't already have Sky and just want to watch for a fixed period.
All sounds great, right? But if you're not in the U.K., you can still follow the IPL 2022 live streams by using one of the best VPN services, such as ExpressVPN.
How to watch the Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders live stream in the US
Cricket fans in the U.S. have a couple of choices when it comes to watching the Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders live stream.
For starters, ESPN Plus will be showing all of the IPL 2022 live streams in both English and Hindi; subscribers can also stream the games through the ESPN Plus website. We've got more information on how to watch IPL 2022 live streams on ESPN Plus in our dedicated guide, so make sure to check that out too.
The entire tournament will also be shown on the excellently named Willow TV, which is available via various cable packages including Dish, Fios, Spectrum, Xfinity and more.
If you've cut the cord and don't have cable, don't worry — because you can also watch Willow via Sling TV. You'll need a Sling subscription, which costs $35 for either the Orange or Blue package, and can then add Willow TV for $10/month or $60/year.
However, right now Sling is offering a $10 off the first month of a subscription, plus if you sign up for Willow TV via Sling you can get the first three months for $6 month.
But what if you already use those services but aren't in the U.S. right now? As we explained above, your best bet will be to use a VPN such as ExpressVPN so you can access them wherever you are.
Sling TV offers two packages, both of which cost $35 a month. Willow TV is available as an add-on to either. Sling is currently offering $10 dollars off the first month.
How to watch the Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders live stream in India
If you're watching the Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders live stream in India, you'll need to tune in to either Star Sports or Disney Plus Hotstar. If you're cutting the cord and going the Hotstar route, you can pay Rs. 499/year for the new Mobile plan, which lets you watch on one mobile device, Rs. 899/year for the Super plan (2 devices, including TVs and laptops) or Rs. 1499 for Premium (4 devices plus 4K and no adverts). There's more details here.
If you already subscribe to one of those services but are outside of India right now, you can simply choose one of the best VPN services such as ExpressVPN to live stream the action wherever you are are.
How to watch the Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders live stream in Australia
Aussies also get a couple of options for where to watch the Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders live stream in the form of Fox Sports or Kayo Sports.
Fox is available as part of many pay TV packages, but if you don't already have it then Kayo might be a better bet.
Kayo can be accessed via a dedicated mobile or tablet app, and also on Chromecast and Apple TV — plus it costs a very reasonable $25 AUD per month for the basic package. A premium subscription is also available for $35 AUD per month, but this merely gives you the ability to access three simultaneous streams, rather than two.
Plus, there's a 14-day free trial available if you want to try the service before committing to a subscription. Although that said, you can cancel at any time, so there's really no reason not to give it a try.
Not in Australia right now? You can simply use a VPN to watch all the action on your Fox or Kayo account, as if you were back home.
How to watch the Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders live stream in New Zealand
New Zealanders can watch the Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders live stream on Sky Sport. This costs $57.98 NZD per month, or $31.99/month extra if you already have Sky but not Sport. Plus there's currently an offer which gives you your first month free when you sign up for a year.
Alternatively, you could go for the Sky Sport Now service, which gives you just the Sport channels but for a reduced cost of $19.99/week / $39.99/month or $399/year — but there's also a free seven-day trial of the service so you can give it a go before committing.
Not at home in New Zealand right now? You can still follow the game by using one of the best VPN services, such as ExpressVPN.
Can you watch the Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders live stream in Pakistan?
Sadly, cricket fans in Pakistan will not be able to watch the Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders live stream, as no Pakistan broadcaster has the rights to show the action. In fact, there won't even be any Pakistani cricketers playing in the IPL 2022 tournament at all, due to the strained diplomatic relationship between India and Pakistan.
However, if you're usually based in another country such as the U.K. but happen to be in Pakistan right now, you can still enjoy your local coverage, simply by signing up for a VPN such as ExpressVPN to live stream the action.
CSK vs KKR live stream: Squads
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