Opener Keaton Jennings ( 34 not out) and debutant Tom Westley (28 not out) guided England to 75-1, a commanding lead of 252 runs, before rain stopped play.
Earlier, South Africa were bowled out for 175, with Toby Roland-Jones completing a five-wicket haul on debut. Bavuma battled hard to post 52.
England 353 and 74 for 1 (Jennings 34*, Westley 28*) lead South Africa 175 (Bavuma 52, Roland-Jones 5-57) by 252 runs.
Matches Tagged in ClipDex2017 ENG v RSA 3rd Test
Series Tagged in ClipDex2017 ENG v RSA Test serie ...
Players Tagged in ClipDexMorkel, Morne Westley, Thomas Bavuma, Temba Roland-Jones, Toby Jennings, Keaton K Philander, Vernon D Cook, Alastair N
Grounds Tagged in ClipDexThe Oval
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