Mohali: Ahead of the Indo-Pak epic World Cup clash, tension is mounting on both sides as both India and Pakistan fans will accept none but a win in the semi-final tie on Wednesday.

Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi has made sure that he won’t allow master blaster Sachin Tendulkar reach his 100th international ton against them but Pakistan opener Mohammad Hafeez feels that the Indian batting legend can counter any strategy.

"Whatever strategy we have to adopt against the opponents is discussed with us by the team coach and captain. We will follow that here as well, but Sachin is a great player," Hafeez said during an interaction with scribes after his team's practice session.

"No matter how much praise you shower on him may prove to be insufficient (in the end). He is a great player," the 30-year-old Pakistan all-rounder added.

Pakistan and India will face-off in a high-voltage semi-final at PCA stadium here on Wednesday.

He said that it was admirable that Tendulkar is still at the top of his game despite a very long career.

"The way he has maintained his career and his skills are really admirable."

On the security arrangements, Hafeez said that his team was satisfied with it.

"There is no fear. We feel completely safe. Our job is to play cricket and we are enjoying our game," he said.

Meanwhile, Pakistani team members had an extended practice session here in late afternoon.

They practiced for nearly three hours after starting with some warm up and stretching exercises.

The team members looked relaxed and practiced under the watchful eyes of coach Waqar Younis while team manager Intikhab Alam was also present.

Shoaib Akhtar initially sent down a few deliveries from a shortened run-up and was back to his usual long run-up. Umar Gul looked settled and in good rhythm.

(Agencies)