IPL live stream 2024: How to watch Indian Premier League cricket playoffs

Royal Challengers Bengaluru's Virat Kohli celebrates after the dismissal of Delhi Capitals' Jake Fraser-McGurk (not pictured) ahead of the Indian Premier League IPL Playoffs 2024
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The IPL 2024 has made it through the playoff stage. We had three fascinating matches to decide the final - Kolkata Knight Riders vs Sunriserse Hyderabad. You do not want to miss this one.

Luckily, IPL 2024 live streams are free in India and you can watch them while abroad by using a VPN while you're away from home. We'll show you how.

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Dates: Tuesday, March 22 - Sunday, May 26
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This year, Kolkata Knight Riders, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Rajasthan Royals and Royal Challengers Bangalore were the top four teams after the league phase, meaning they progressed to the playoffs. 

KKR defeated SRH in Qualifier One by eight wickets, sending them straight through to the trophy match. Pat Cummins's team got sent to Qualifier Two after losing by eight wickets. They had to face Rajasthan Royals because they had defeated Virat Kohli and Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Eliminator. It was ultimately SRH who came out on top, winning by 36 wins. 

The IPL 2024 final takes place today, May 26. Read on to find out how to watch IPL live streams 2024 wherever you are.

How IPL 2024 Playoffs Work

At first glance, the Indian Premier League playoff system can seem somewhat confusing. The sides that finish 1-4 in the league phase qualify. The top two sides then play each other in Qualifier One. The winner goes straight through to the final. The loser gets a second chance, going into Qualifier Two. There, they play the winner of the Eliminator, which is between the sides that finished third and fourth. The final is between the winners of Qualifier One and Qualifier Two.

Watch IPL live streams 2024 for free

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JioCinema. head straight to the JioCinema website to start streaming for free

Every ball of the IPL 2024 – including the playoffs and grand final – is free to watch on JioCinema. Download the app or head straight to the JioCinema website to start streaming for free.

Away from India when the match is on? You can still tune in to your normal free India cricket live stream using our favorite cricket VPN. Keep scrolling for full instructions – it's really easy!

Watch IPL live streams 2024 from outside your country

Below we've got you covered with your official broadcasting options for cricket-loving countries (and the US!), but if you're overseas you'll soon discover that you can't watch your usual service because of geo-restrictions.

You can get past these blocks, however, by using the best VPN to change your streaming device's IP address to your usual location.

Use a VPN to watch IPL live streams 2024 from anywhere:

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How to use a VPN to watch IPL cricket

You can get started with a VPN in three easy steps:

1. Download and install a VPN – as we say, our top choice is NordVPN.

2. Connect to the appropriate server location – open the VPN app, hit 'choose location' and select the appropriate server. For example, you can choose 'India' to watch your usual JioCinema stream when away from India.

3. Go to the broadcaster's stream – head to your home broadcaster's site or app and watch as if you were at home – so JioCinema for India cricket fanatics abroad.

Watch IPL playoff live streams 2024 in the UK

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You can watch every game of the 2024 IPL season through Sky Sports and its dedicated Sky Sports Cricket channel. 

Sky Sports subscribers can watch the cricket 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. 

If you want to sign up, you can check out our dedicated guide to Sky TV deals and packages for today's best prices.

Don't fancy being locked in to a long, expensive contract? Consider the more flexible streaming option, Now, (formerly Now TV).

To access your usual streaming service from outside the UK, you'll need to download a good VPN, as detailed above. 

Watch IPL playoff live streams 2024 in the US

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Willow TV

Dedicated cricket streaming service Willow TV is the place to watch the IPL 2024 in the US and Canada, with the specialist channel set to show every match.

Willow TV is available from most cable providers. Not got cable? No worries. Willow TV is also accessible through the Sling TV Desi Binge Plus plan and it's a great price too.

Usually $15 per month, you can currently get your first month for just $10 or a bargain $99 for the whole year. You get eight channels in all, including Sony LIV, Star India, Hotstar Specials and, of course, Willow TV.

Watch IPL playoff live streams 2024 in Australia

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You can watch the fthe IPL on Fox Sports. It can also be live streamed via Foxtel Now

Another cost-efficient alternative to Foxtel is the excellent sports streaming platform Kayo Sports.

Kayo lets you stream on one device with its One plan for just $25 a month. Or upgrade to two devices with Basic plan for $30 a month.

Kayo also gives you access to loads of other sports including the NFL, NBA, PGA Tour golf, NRL, F1... the list goes on! Handy if you don't want to go all in on Fox.

Watch IPL playoff live streams 2024 in New Zealand

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Sky Sport is the place to watch IPL in New Zealand. It will be shown on Sky Sport each day and subscribers can tune in online using the country's Sky Go service.

If you don't have Sky Sport already, the cricket is also being shown live via the Sky Sport Now streaming-only platform, which costs $24.99 per week or $44.99 a month.

IPL 2024 playoff schedule

  • May 21: Qualifier 1 Kolkata Knight Riders vs Sunrisers Hyderabad (Ahmedabad) – KKR won by 8 wickets
  • May 22: Eliminator Rajasthan Royals vs Royal Challengers Bangalore (Ahmedabad) – RR won by 4 wickets
  • May 24: Qualifier Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Rajasthan Royals (Chennai) – SRH won by 36 runs
  • May 26: Final Kolkata Knight Riders vs Sunrisers Hyderabad (Chennai)

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