Rajasthan Royals vs Royal Challengers Bangalore live stream: how to watch IPL playoff cricket from anywhere

Rajasthan Royals vs Royal Challengers Bangalore in the 2022 IPL
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Rajasthan Royals and Royal Challengers Bangalore meet at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad today to play for a place in the 2022 IPL final. It's a match that sees the two leading T20 international runscorers face off. Bangalore's hopes rest on a good knock from Virat Kohli while Rajasthan boast England star Jos Buttler. Gujarat Titans await the winner of this last-four clash. Read on as we explain how to watch a Rajasthan Royals v Royal Challengers Bangalore live stream and see the IPL online from anywhere.

RR vs RCB live stream

Date: Friday, May 27

Time: 7.30pm IST (local) / 3pm BST / 10am ET / 12am AEST

Venue: Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad

FREE live stream: Kayo Sports FREE trial (AU)

Global live streams: Sky Sports (UK) | Sky Sport (NZ) | ESPN Plus/Willow TV via Sling TV (US) | Disney Plus Hotstar (IN)

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It was a somewhat less celebrated player who the Challengers have to thank for setting up this tie. The unsung Rajat Patidar's unbeaten 112 helped his team's eliminator win over Lucknow on Wednesday to keep alive Bangalore's hopes of a long-awaited first IPL title.

As for Rajasthan, despite a sterling effort, they couldn't match the might of Gujarat Titans' David Miller. The batsman smashed Prasidh Krishna for three consecutive sixes in the final over of the match to condemn Rajasthan to defeat in midweek. Today's clash offers RCB a second chance to reach this weekend's IPL final.

It's knockout cricket, with the losing team going home and the winner set for another all-or-nothing showdown for a place in the final. Follow our guide for all you need to know to find a Rajasthan Royals v Royal Challengers Bangalore live stream and watch the 2022 IPL playoffs from anywhere in the world.

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How to watch Rajasthan Royals v Royal Challengers Bangalore: live stream IPL 2022 cricket online in India

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IPL fans in India can watch the Rajasthan Royals v Royal Challengers Bangalore either via the <a href="https://www.hotstar.com/sports" data-link-merchant="hotstar.com"" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Star Sports TV channels or by getting a <a href="https://www.hotstar.com/in/subscribe/get-started" data-link-merchant="hotstar.com"" data-link-merchant="hotstar.com"" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Disney+ Hotstar Premium streaming subscription from just 499 rupees for a year of the mobile-only plan, or 1,499 rupees for its Premium package that lets you watch across up to four devices and makes 4K available. 

Play is set to get underway at 7.30pm IST on Friday evening.

Star Sports 1/1 HD will have English commentary, with coverage also appearing on 1 Hindi/1 Hindi HD, Star Sports Kannada, Star Sports Tamil, and Star Sports Telugu.  

Those of you wanting to live stream Rajasthan Royals v Royal Challengers Bangalore on the move will need to use the <a href="https://www.hotstar.com/in" data-link-merchant="hotstar.com"" data-link-merchant="hotstar.com"" data-link-merchant="hotstar.com"" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Hotstar app - available via the web, Android, iOS, and Apple TV.

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How to watch IPL cricket from outside your country

Below we've got you covered with your official Rajasthan Royals v Royal Challengers Bangalore broadcasting options for major cricket loving countries (and the US!), but if you're outside your country of residence - whether that's India, the UK or anywhere else - and try to stream the cricket via your local broadcaster, you'll soon discover that you can't, as it's location restricted. But there is a way to tune in regardless.

By downloading and installing a VPN, you can effectively trick your computer into thinking that it's back at home. That way you can enjoy your home coverage without having to find an illegal stream - assuming you comply with the broadcaster's fine print, of course - specifically its terms and conditions.

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It features no lock-in contracts from $25 a month and gives you access to over 50 other sports including the NRL, soccer, F1, NFL... the list goes on! Handy if you don't want to go all-out on Fox.

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Sky Sports subscribers can watch the game on the go on mobile devices via the Sky Go streaming service, which has dedicated apps for iOS, iPadOS and Android devices, along with Xbox and PlayStation consoles.

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How to watch Rajasthan Royals v Royal Challengers Bangalore: live stream IPL cricket in the US (and Canada)

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For a nation that traditionally isn't interested in cricket, fans in the US have several options to live stream the Rajasthan Royals v Royal Challengers Bangalore, which begins at 10am ET / 7am PT on Friday morning.

It's being shown by dedicated live cricket channel <a href="https://www.willow.tv/" data-link-merchant="willow.tv"" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Willow TV (in Canada too!), which is available from a number of cable providers including Dish, Spectrum, Xfinity, Verizon Fios and more. 

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How to watch Rajasthan Royals v Royal Challengers Bangalore: live stream IPL cricket in New Zealand

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Sky Sport subscribers can watch the IPL online using the country's Sky Go service, while cord-cutters and anyone else can try the <a href="https://www.skysportnow.co.nz/" data-link-merchant="skysportnow.co.nz"" data-link-merchant="sky.co.nz"" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Sky Sport Now streaming-only platform - where a pass costs $19.99 per week or $39.99 per month. The monthly package comes with a <a href="https://www.skysportnow.co.nz/" data-link-merchant="skysportnow.co.nz"" data-link-merchant="skysportnow.co.nz"" data-link-merchant="sky.co.nz"" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">7-day free trial.

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Can I watch an IPL live stream in Pakistan?

Relations between Pakistan and India continue to be fractious to say the least, and one of the results is that the IPL is once again not being broadcast in Pakistan. Very disappointing news for the cricket-mad nation.

Your best bet, therefore, may be to use one of the best streaming VPNs to tap into coverage from a different country, as described above.

The software is generally ideal for this as it allows you to change your IP address and appear to be in a completely different location - and all through a safe, encrypted connection. But do bear in mind that most paid streaming services do require a credit card based in the same country as the service.

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