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IPL Final: All You Need to Know

The Indian Premier League is arguably the biggest tournament in world cricket, with the best Twenty20 players battling it out for their franchises to see who can claim the coveted prize.

The IPL Final pits the two sides that came through the round-robin league format and then the subsequent play-offs in a one-off final to determine that season's champions.

When is the IPL Final?

The timing of the final can vary from season to season, depending on the format of the tournament along with the number of teams, but usually takes place in late May.

There have been exceptions of course, but even with the expansion of the tournament in 2022 with two new teams participating the final will take place on 29th May.

Where is the IPL Final held?

Unlike the FA Cup which takes place at Wembley, usually, the venue for the IPL is not always the same place, with eight different stadia having previously hosted the showpiece.

There could perhaps not be a more fitting venue for the final in 2022, with the largest cricket stadium in the world playing host to the decisive clash, becoming the ninth different arena to showcase the culmination of the prestigious event in the process.

The lucky finalists this year will do battle at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, which boasts a mammoth capacity of 132,000.

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Which franchise has won the most IPL Finals?

The most successful franchise in the history of the IPL, in terms of winning the trophy, is the Mumbai Indians, who have triumphed on five occasions - in 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019 and 2020, while they also finished runners-up in 2010.

Chennai Super Kings rank second on the champions list, having won the IPL on four occasions - in 2010, 2011, 2018 and 2021 - although they have also finished second on five additional occasions - so have reached the most finals in IPL history with nine appearances.

Kolkata Knight Riders have won the IPL Final twice in their history, while there has been one win apiece for Rajasthan Royals, Sunrisers Hyderabad and the now-defunct Deccan Chargers.

Royal Challengers Bangalore have reached three finals without winning, while Delhi Capitals, Punjab Kings and now-defunct Rising Pune Supergiant have only made the showpiece once in their respective histories, and each failed to win.

Gujarat Titans and Lucknow Super Giants are making their debuts in the IPL in 2022.

Is the IPL Final being shown on the TV?

As has been the case throughout the IPL season in 2022, the IPL Final will be available to watch on Sky Sports.

What is the highest score in an IPL Final?

Sunrisers Hyderabad posted the highest score in an IPL Final when they made 208-7 in their 20 overs in 2016, with Australia's David Warner top-scoring with 69.

It was only just good enough, as they managed to win the final by just eight runs, with Royal Challengers Bangalore falling short at 200-7 in their response.

The highest individual score in an IPL final belongs to Australia's Shane Watson, who clubbed an unbeaten 117 to help Chennai Super Kings beat Sunrisers Hyrderabad by eight wickets in 2018.

Wriddhiman Saha is the only other player to have scored a century in an IPL Final, finishing unbeaten on 115 in 2014 in what was a losing cause as Kings XI Punjab were beaten by Kolkata Knight Riders by three wickets.

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