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How to watch IPL 2022 live streams online from anywhere

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Trust us, you'll want to know how to watch IPL 2022 live streams — because the world's premier T20 contest is approaching its critical phase. We'll explain why below, and show you how to watch IPL 2022 live streams with a VPN if you're abroad right now.

IPL 2022 next game

IPL 2022 is now underway. Full fixtures below. Today's game (Tuesday, May 17):
Mumbai Indians vs Sunrisers Hyderabad
3 p.m. BST / 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
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With 64 games now completed, the race to make the playoffs is almost settled.

In fact, Sunday's two games made a big difference on that front, as Gujarat Titans beat Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals triumphed over Lucknow Super Giants.

The upshot of those games is that the Titans are now confirmed in first place going into the final four, while the Royals and LSG are both very, very likely to be joining them in the playoffs. There is a chance one of them could miss out — two other teams could match their 16 points and leap ahead of them on net run rate — but it's unlikely. 

That leaves one place to play for, but five teams competing for it. Two of them met yesterday, with Delhi Capitals beating Punjab Kings by 17 runs to move into the all-important fourth spot.

Another one plays today, with Sunrisers Hyderabad taking on Mumbai Indians. Sunrisers have two games left and if they win both could finish on 14 points. But they'll need to improve their poor net run rate and hope for results elsewhere to go their way.

It's a vital game for SRH, then — and you can watch it from anywhere if you know where to look. So read on to find out how to watch IPL 2022 live streams and don't forget to also check out our guide to watching IPL 2022 live streams on ESPN Plus.

IPL 2022 live streams

How to watch IPL 2022 live streams from anywhere

It's natural that you might want to watch the IPL 2022 live stream 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 IPL 2022 live streams 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.

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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 IPL 2022 live streams in the UK

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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 IPL 2022 live streams in the US

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Cricket fans in the U.S. have a couple of choices when it comes to the IPL 2022 live streams. 

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 50% 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

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 50% off the first month.

How to watch IPL 2022 live streams in India

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If you're watching the IPL 2022 live streams 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 IPL 2022 live streams in Australia

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Aussies also get a couple of options for where to watch the IPL 2022 live streams 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 IPL 2022 live streams in New Zealand

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New Zealanders can watch IPL 2022 live streams 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 every game by using one of the best VPN services, such as ExpressVPN

Can you watch the IPL 2022 live streams in Pakistan?

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Sadly, cricket fans in Pakistan will not be able to watch the IPL 2022 live streams, as no Pakistan broadcaster has the rights to show the action. In fact, there won't even be any Pakistani cricketers playing in tournament, 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. 

IPL 2022: Fixtures, times and results

  • Kolkata Knight Riders beat Chennai Super Kings by 6 wickets
  • Delhi Capitals beat Mumbai Indians by 4 wickets
  • Punjab Kings beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 5 wickets
  • Gujarat Titans beat Lucknow Super Giants by 5 wickets
  • Rajasthan Royals beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 61 runs
  • Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 3 wickets
  • Lucknow Super Giants beat Chennai Super Kings by 6 wickets
  • Kolkata Knight Riders beat Punjab Kings by 6 wickets

IPL 2022: Groups and format

IPL 2022 groups and format: How it works

The IPL 2022 format is best described as complicated.

First, the simple bit: there are 10 teams and they're divided into two groups of five. The groups were determined by seedings, which in turn were decided by performance in past IPL tournaments.

Here's how they break down, with the number of titles they've each won in brackets:

SeedingGroup AGroup B
1Mumbai Indians (5)Chennai Super Kings (4)
2Kolkata Knight Riders (2)

Sunrisers Hyderabad (1)

3Rajasthan Royals (1)

Royal Challengers Bangalore

4Delhi Capitals

Punjab Kings

5Lucknow Super Giants

Gujarat Titans

Now for the complicated bits. 

In the group stage, each team plays 14 games: two each against the other four teams in the same group, two against the team in the other group 'facing' them in the draw, and one against each of the other four teams in the other group. So, for instance, Mumbai Indians will play all the other teams in Group A twice, and all the teams in Group B once except for Chennai, which they will play twice.

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Each team will receive two points for a win and one point for a draw or no result. But there'll be just one league table for all 10 teams.

Finally, the playoffs: these will feature the top four teams in the overall league table. First will play second and third will play fourth. The winner of the first game will go through to the final. The winner of the second game will play the loser of the first game in a final playoff, with the winner of that also going through to the final.

See, we told you it was complicated.

IPL 2022: Key players

IPL 2022: Key players for each team

Team

Key players

Mumbai IndiansRohit Sharma

Tim David

Kieron PollardJasprit Bumrah
Kolkata Knight Riders

Aaron Finch

Andre Russell

Pat Cummins

Umesh Yadav

Rajasthan RoyalsJos Buttler

Shimron Hetmyer

R Ashwin

Trent Boult

Delhi Capitals

David Warner

Rishabh Pant

Axar Patel

Anrich Nortje

Lucknow Super Giants

KL Rahul

Quinton de KockJason Holder

Dushmantha Chameera

Chennai Super Kings

Moeen Ali

MS Dhoni

Ravindra Jadeja

Chris Jordan

Sunrisers Hyderabad

Kane Williamson

Aiden Markram

Bhuvneshwar Kumar

T Natarajan

Royal Challengers Bangalore

Virat Kohli

Glenn Maxwell

Mohammed Siraj

Josh Hazlewood

Punjab Kings

Liam Livingstone

Mayank Agarwal

Kagiso Rabada

Arshdeep Singh

Gujarat Titans

Shubman Gill

Hardik Pandya

Rashid Khan

Mohammed Shami

IPL 2022 table

TEAM

M

W

PT

NRR

GT1310200.391
RR138160.304
LSG138160.262
DC137140.255
RCB13714-0.323
KKR13612-0.160
PBKS13612-0.043
SRH12510-0.270
CSK1348-0.206

MI

1236-0.613

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