How to watch the IPL 2022: Live stream this year’s tournament in the UK, US and abroad

Matt Reed Sherwin Coelho
25 Mar 2022

All the information we know ahead of the 15th edition of the tournament that is scheduled to begin on 26 March 2022

The world’s biggest Twenty20 competition, the Indian Premier League (IPL), is back for its 15th year. All the action will kick off from Saturday 24 March when 2021 champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) face Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in a rematch of last year’s covid-delayed final. Now back to its regular Spring time schedule, the 2022 edition has expanded to 10 teams for only the second time ever meaning there’s even more action to catch this year. You can watch every 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.

As to be expected, all the biggest stars in world cricket are gearing up for the new season of the IPL. However, in this year’s mega-auction, many teams looked to build their squads around home-grown stars rather than foreign talents, with eight of the top 10 most expensive players being Indian. That included wicket-keeper Ishan Kishan who became the most expensive pick of the 2022 IPL when Mumbai Indians retained his services for a massive INR ₹15.25m (£1.51m).

Deepak Chahar was the second most-expensive buy after Chennai Super Kings kept hold of the fast bowler for INR ₹14m (£1.39m), meanwhile England’s Liam Livingstone became the most expensive foreign player when he sold for INR ₹11.5m (£1.14m). A number of famous faces didn’t sell at auction including Australian Aaron Finch, England spinner Adil Rashid and England T20 captain Eoin Morgan, meaning they will not take part in the 2022 tournament. In total, INR ₹551.70m (£54.7m) was spent on 204 players across the two-day auction.

Despite 40-year-old MS Dhoni stepping down as captain, four-time champions Chennai Super Kings are likely to be pre-tournament favourites for the title once again. Elsewhere, five-time champions Mumbai Indians and their captain Rohit Sharma are likely to make a playoff push, as well as Rishabh Pant’s Delhi Capitals who have maintained their strong squad. But, as with every IPL season, the drama will come down to fine margins that no one will see coming.

English players playing in the IPL 2022

  • Liam Livingstone (Punjab Kings)
  • Jofra Archer (Mumbai Indians)
  • Mark Wood (Lucknow Super Giants)
  • Jonny Bairstow (Punjab Kings)
  • Chris Jordan (Chennai Super Kings)
  • Tymal Mills (Mumbai Indians)
  • Sam Billings (Kolkata Knight Riders)
  • David Willey (Royal Challengers Bangalore)
  • Moeen Ali (Chennai Super Kings)
  • Jos Buttler (Rajasthan Royals)

Teams playing in the IPL 2022

For the first time since 2011, there are more than eight teams playing in the IPL. These are the Chennai Super Kings, Delhi Capitals, Kolkata Knight Riders, Mumbai Indians, Punjab Kings, Rajasthan Royals, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Sunrisers Hyderabad, and the new two teams — Lucknow Super Giants and Gujarat Titans.

How does the IPL 2022 work?

For the 2022 edition, things are a little complicated. Firstly, the teams are split into two groups. Each team will play 14 group stage matches: twice against each side in their respective group and once against each team in the other group. If they are in the same row as a team from the other group, they will also play that team twice taking the total to 14. Below you can find groups A and B.

Group A
Group B
Mumbai IndiansChennai Super Kings
Kolkata Knight RidersSunrisers Hyderabad
Rajasthan RoyalsRoyal Challengers Bangalore
Delhi CapitalsPunjab Kings
Lucknow Super GiantsGujarat Titans

For the group stage, all matches will be played in the state of Maharashtra and split between three stadiums in Mumbai and one in Pune. After all 70 group matches have been played, culminating on 22 May, the four teams with the most points will then qualify for the playoffs (another four matches in total) to determine the champion of 2022. The final will take place on 29 May 2022.

IPL 2022 Fixtures

How to watch the IPL 2022 in the UK: Sky Sports and Now Sports Membership

In 2020, Sky Sports signed a three-year contract with the IPL to exclusively broadcast the tournament in the UK until 2022. That means this year’s tournament will only be available for viewing if you have purchased a Sky Sports package.

If you’re already a Sky customer you can add Sky Sports to your existing package by purchasing the add-on for an extra £25/mth. This will involve a one-time setup fee and will tie you to a minimum 18-month contract. But since you’re already with Sky, you’ll be able to watch all the matches via the Sky Go app when away from home – however, each Sky subscription limits you to registering three devices and you can only watch one of them at a time, which could make your IPL viewing a little awkward for anyone sharing a Sky account. Plus, you can only add/remove one device each calendar month, so make sure you’re all set to follow the action before any batters step up to the crease.

For those that aren’t already Sky customers, your best bet for streaming all the IPL 2022 fixtures – without committing to a Sky TV contract – is via a Now Sports Membership. You can instantly purchase a pass and start streaming live content to any of your devices for £33.99/mth, or £9.99 if you simply want to taste a single day’s worth of IPL drama. Each Now account can be registered with six devices at once and will stream on two simultaneously, including via a Smart TV or game consoles. This subscription is for 720p quality, but for Full HD coverage, you can pay an additional £3/mth for the Now Boost package which also lets you stream content on three devices simultaneously. Both options will provide access to all 11 Sky Sports channels to watch the latest Premier League and EFL football, as well as Formula One, golf and American sports like the NFL.

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How to watch IPL 2022 in the US: ESPN+

Until halfway through the 2021 season, the only way for people living in the US to watch IPL games was through WillowTV. However, for the 2022 season, ESPN+ will also be streaming all 70+ matches. The streaming service also broadcasts a variety of sporting events, including La Liga and Bundesliga football, the NFL, US Open and other events like the UFC and boxing bouts. It will cost $6.99/mth or $69.99/yr. ESPN+ can also be bundled in with Disney Plus and Hulu for $13.99/mth.

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How to watch IPL 2022 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 Plus 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 Plus has, especially when it comes to broadcasting original regional content and live sporting events. For INR ₹899/yr (under £9), the Disney+ Hotstar Super 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 in 1080p HD quality. This allows you to watch any content on up to two devices. The Premium plan costs INR ₹1,499/yr (under £15) and will let you stream in 4K quality across four devices.

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How to watch IPL 2022 anywhere in the world: use a good VPN service

The Indian Premier League is a long tournament, spanning almost two months. If you’re abroad during this time – or if you live in a country where the IPL 2022 won’t be available – then your only chance to follow the action live on one of 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 of your choosing – this will be the country where your streaming service is registered since streaming content in any other country will be geo-blocked. After you’ve set up your VPN, you can then simply log in to your streaming service or TV account and watch the IPL as you normally would.

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