India will pick their playing XI for the first Test against Australia from the 12 players which was announced on Wednesday.
Pujara's resolute stay helps India cross the 250-run mark, which will be a morale booster for their bowling unit when it's their turn to ply their trade with the Kookaburra.
The experienced number three did what he has done many times before and stood his ground as wickets tumbled around him, including superstar Virat Kohli for three, with India stumbling to 143-6 at tea on day one.
It is easy to keep staring at the sky over the Adelaide Oval. A India vs Australia Test series never seems to disappoint cricket fans looking for as much news off the field as on.
It was stunning one-handed take by Khawaja, whose preparations were upset by the shock arrest of his brother this week for allegedly framing a love-rival with a fake terror plot.
The two captains Virat Kohli (L) and Tim Paine with the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.
But Kohli's wicket, looking to drive a Cummins delivery which pitched full and outside off stump, was symptomatic of a wider tendency by India's batsmen to play at deliveries they would have been better off leaving alone. In the run-up to the four-match Test series that commences with the first game here on Thursday, the air is devoid of sky-scraping promises but there is revelation of intent and a desire to walk the talk.
The second day of the first Test between India and Australia will begin at 5:30 am IST. And that's how it went for the home side. He also has three Test centuries at Adelaide Oval. Names like Murali Vijay, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit Sharma do elicit respect from any rival team.
On Wednesday, Australia dropped vice-captain Mitch Marsh for the first test, recalled batsman Peter Handscomb and selected opener Marcus Harris to make his debut.
Temperatures are forecast to reach 39 Celsius (102 Fahrenheit) in Adelaide for the first day.
But Starc said Australia got things wrong in the final hour of the day when Pujara, who batted for six hours and faced 246 balls, hammered more than 60 with the tail.