Iain Hume's hat-trick powered Kerala Blasters FC to a 3-1 victory over Delhi Dynamos as they jumped to the sixth spot in the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here on Wednesday.
The only goal for Dynamos was scored by Pritam Kotal. The onslaught was led by Lallianzuala Chhangte, who found space inside the box with his tricky runs from the left flank.
The surge in attack soon died down as Kerala held their defence firm, allowing no gaps for the Delhi forwards to get into. Courage Pekuson broke down the left to get past Kotal inside the box and set it up for Hume, who slotted the ball home. After the restart, Delhi Dynamos showed more impetus going forward.
The Manipuri forward won a freekick in the 28th minute near the touchline. The right back was unmarked at the far post from a Romeo Fernandes free kick and he rose to guide the ball past the Kerala goalkeeper.
However, both the sides had to face major setbacks as Blasters' marquee signing Dimitar Berbatov and Delhi's new arrival Xabi Irureta had to be stretched out in the closing minutes due to injuries. He returned to the pitch with a bandage on, and struck twice in the second half to floor the home side.
Following the win, their second in nine matches, takes Kerala to 11 points as they leapfrogged defending champions ATK (9) and debutant Jamshedpur (10) on the ISL points table. Hume soon dashed any hope for Dynamos as he completed his hat-trick after receiving a headed pass from Mark Sifenos.