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How to watch IPL 2021 Final in the UK, US and abroad: Watch Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders


Watch Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL 2021 Final on Friday, 15 October anywhere in the world

Chennai Super Kings will face the Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL 2021 Final. The game takes place in Dubai on Friday, 15 October at 3pm British Standard Time.

You can watch the game live on Sky Sports in the UK, ESPN+ in the US, and Disney+ Hotstar in India. If you're on holiday abroad, you can access all three streaming services using a good VPN, like ExpressVPN.

Apart from the Mumbai Indians - who have won a record five IPL titles - Chennai and Kolkata are the next two successful franchises with three and two IPL wins apiece. Chennai have also come runners-up on five occasions, while Kolkata have a flawless record in IPL Finals. Chennai last won the IPL in 2018 after a seven-year gap, whereas Kolkata won the tournament in 2014.

What's even more impressive is Kolkata Knight Riders' record this tournament. They started off with just two wins from seven games before the tournament was halted in India, but then won six of their next eight games in the UAE to secure qualification to the knockout rounds.

IPL 2021 resumed on 19 September 2021 in the UAE after a four-month postponement. The tournament which began in April in India came to an abrupt halt - with 31 matches remaining - in early May after an increasing number of coronavirus cases both in the country and within team contingents.

The decision to move IPL 2021 to the UAE was taken mainly because of the monsoon season in India that can run until October in some parts of the country. The IPL 2021 Final is scheduled to be played on 15 October 2021, just two days before the start of the T20 World Cup, which also takes place in the UAE, and Oman.

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How to watch the IPL 2021 in the UK: Sky Sports and Now Sports Membership

Last year, Sky Sports signed a three-year contract with the IPL to broadcast the tournament until 2022, which means that you'll need to have a Sky Sports package to watch this year's tournament. Sky Sports customers can stream live content on any of their devices.

The best way to stream all IPL 2021 games without committing to a Sky TV contract is to get a Now Sports Membership. You can instantly purchase a pass and start streaming live content to any of your devices. Upgrading to Now Boost (an additional £3/mnth) upgrades your viewing experience from 720p to Full HD and lets you stream content on three devices simultaneously instead of the default two.

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How to watch IPL 2021 in the US: ESPN+

Until recently, the only way for people living in the US to watch IPL games was WillowTV. However, we can now confirm that ESPN+ will be broadcasting the remainder of IPL 2021 that begins on 19 September. The streaming service has different plans and broadcasts a variety of sporting events, including La Liga and Bundesliga football, the NFL, US Open and other events, including UFC and boxing.

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How to watch IPL 2021 in India: Disney+ Hotstar

Hotstar is a popular digital and mobile entertainment platform launched in 2015 by Star India, the largest Indian broadcasting network. In 2018, the Walt Disney Company purchased 21st Century Fox for $71billion, thereby making Hotstar - owned by Star India - part of the wider Disney umbrella. Now going under the banner of Disney+ Hotstar, the service has over 300 million subscribers, making it the biggest streaming service in India.

Disney Plus alone has almost 100 million subscribers worldwide, a large proportion of which comes from the Indian sub-continent because of exclusive deals that Disney+ has, especially when it comes to broadcasting original regional content and live sporting events. For INR 1,499 (under £16) a year, the Disney+ Hotstar plan lets you watch everything from live sporting events across the globe, all Disney shows and even movies and TV shows from the likes of HBO, Fox and Showtime.

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How to watch IPL 2021 anywhere in the world: use a good VPN service

The Indian Premier League is a long tournament, spanning almost a month. If you’re abroad during this time - or if you live in a country where the IPL 2021 won’t be available - then your only chance to follow the action live on the above streaming services is to use a good VPN service. Doing so will change your IP address to make it appear as if you were browsing from the country you want. You can then simply log in to your Hotstar or TV account and watch or listen to the IPL as you normally would.

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