Where to watch the Indian Premier League live online in Australia
The lucrative Indian Premier League is back in 2021. This is how you can follow the action.
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The Indian Premier League (IPL) is known as the most-attended cricket league in the world. But that will not be the case for the upcoming tournament, which will be the 14th in the event's history.
This year's competition, like the 2020 edition, will be held without fans, at least for the initial phase of the T20 tournament held across six venues in India. No team will be permitted to play at home this year.
Despite a COVID-19 surge, Mumbai has been named as one of the host cities. Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi and Kolkata are the other venues. The Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad will host the final on 30 May, as well as the playoffs.
Defending champions Mumbai Indians face Royal Challengers Bangalore in the tournament opener in Chennai at midnight AEST on Saturday 10 April.
Each team is set to play at 4 venues during the 56-match league stage. The 4 top-ranked teams qualify for the playoffs, beginning at midnight AEST on Wednesday 26 May in Ahmedabad.
How to watch 2021 Indian Premier League
This season the IPL is exclusive to Fox Cricket, Foxtel's channel dedicated 24 hours a day to cricket. That means you can follow the action with a Foxtel subscription or you can stream it using Foxtel Now or Kayo Sports. We have a complete cricket streaming guide with more information.
Live stream the IPL on Kayo Sports
Kayo currently has a 14-day free trial, so this could be the ideal time for cricket fans to test it out. On top of the IPL, Kayo has every Australian Test, ODI and T20I, plus the BBL and WBBL. It also offers international series like India's upcoming matches.
All up, Kayo has access to more than 50 sports and we have put together a full review of the service for you. After the trial period, subscriptions for Kayo Sports are $25/month for the Basic option, where you can watch games on 2 screens or devices. The Premium option is $10 more per month and gives you 3 screens.
The platform is compatible with Android, iOS, Apple TV, Telstra TV, Android TV and Samsung TV (2017 or later), Sony Bravia TVs, Mac and PC as well as Chromecast or AirPlay. You can see a Kayo vs Foxtel comparison for more details.
Stream the IPL on Foxtel Now
You can also watch the Indian Premier League with Foxtel Now. The streaming platform gives you live access to Foxtel channels, as well as the ability to catch up with content on demand. There's no lock-in contract, so you're free to cancel anytime.
To watch the the IPL, you'll need the Sports Pack and the Essentials Pack, a total of $54/month. If you haven't tried it previously, Foxtel Now also has a 10-day free trial. We have a full guide for you which includes the list of compatible devices.
What is the format of the IPL?
The eight teams in the tournament – Mumbai Indians, Chennai Super Kings, Delhi Capitals, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Kolkata Knight Riders, Kings XI Punjab, Rajasthan Royals and Royal Challengers Bangalore – play each other twice. The top four teams then qualify for the finals series.
Who is competing in IPL 2021?
Players can be signed via an annual auction or via trading windows. South African all-rounder Chris Morris recently became the IPL's most expensive player ever when the Rajasthan Royals bought him for US$2.2 million.
Prominent Australians Glenn Maxwell and Jhye Richardson were sold for a combined US$3.8 million.
Mumbai Indians are the tournament's most successful side with five IPL victories to date. In 2021 there is a total of US$7.3 million in prize money awarded to the teams, with the champions walking away with US$3 million.
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