With 17 feeds, 2-hr prelude, Star all geared to make IPL finale a grand spectacle

PC: Twitter/@IPL
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Staying true to its commitment to re-imagine the Vivo IPL 2018, Star India Network is upping its game for the telecast of the grand finale of the tournament on Sunday, May 27, 7 pm onwards. 

Different fans can enjoy the finale differently. The cricket enthusiast can enjoy the final on the Star India Network and Hotstar. Fans have enjoyed the Vivo IPL commentary in 6 languages – Hindi, English, Tamil, Telugu, Bengali, and Kannada, which will now be expanded to include Marathi and Malayalam for the grand finale. Star Plus will telecast a two-hour prelude –‘Cricket Finals…Party to Bantihai’ – hosted by Ranbir Kapoor, followed by the final match. Other celebrities joining the party include Salman Khan, Jacqueline Fernandes, Kareena Kapoor, Sonam Kapoor. Star Pravah will carry the Marathi language broadcast for the first time in the history of the IPL with Madhuri Dixit-Nene and Swwapnil Joshi joining the celebrations on the channel, while the Malayalam language feed will be broadcast on Asianet Movies. Star Gold will also join in with the Hindi broadcast for the grand finale. 

Along with the cricketing action, the finale will also be high on entertainment quotient. The evening will begin with the special show, ‘Cricket Finals…Party Toh Banti hai’, which will give the viewers the very best of two worlds – Star Plus and Vivo IPL, followed by the telecast of the finale. It will see a mélange of performances and fun-filled interactions with Bollywood celebrities. Additionally, the new faces of Star Plus – Ravi Dubey, Radhey Gaurav Sareen, Kulfi Aakriti Sharma, Mariyam Deshna Dugad – will also amplify the entertainment quotient of the finale. 

This IPL has been literally rewarding for fans. By simply watching the matches on the Star TV network and while playing Watch ’n Play on Hotstar, viewers stand a chance to win an SUV and 10 lakh other prizes every match. 

‘The Dugout’ on Star Sports Select will continue to cater to core cricket fans who want to stay ahead of the game, by taking viewers deep inside the game. “What is the captain going to do?”, “Who should bowl the next over?”, “What’s the weakness of the batsman?”, “Why is the captain changing the field?” – Topics that have typically been discussed in team dug-outs and in huddles between captains, players, coaches and team’s support staff are unravelled for viewers for the first time by a team of experts entailing some of the world’s foremost thinkers of the T20 game. The ball-by-ball coverage of the playoffs will entail predictive and prescriptive analysis – covering deep insights, rich data and video analytics, demonstrations – by Dean Jones, Scott Styris, Anil Kumble, Kumar Sangakkara, Darren Sammy, Brett Lee, Mike Hesson, etc. 

The final showdown will have 17 different feeds being aired across the Star Sports’ bouquet of channels (Star Sports 1 English, Star Sports 1 HD English, Star Sports 1 Hindi, Star Sports 1 HD Hindi, Star Sports 1 Tamil, Star Sports 1 Select SD English, Star Sports 1 Select HD English), Star Plus SD, Star Plus HD, Star Pravah SD, Star Pravah HD, Star Gold SD, Star Gold HD, Star Suvarna Plus, Star Maa Movies, Star Jalsha Movies, Asianet Movies. 

The broadcasts will bring the worlds of sport and entertainment together in a heady mix, featuring dance and musical performances, appearances by Bollywood stars, hilarious sketches, riveting conversations, and trivia, capped by the on-field action.

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