Bavuma - the darling of Newlands
Bavuma shared a 167-run partnership with Chris Morris, taking The Proteas to over 600 runs.
CAPE TOWN - Temba Bavuma scored his maiden test century in a compelling innings, where the whole of the Newlands crowd joined in what was an emotional celebration from player and crowd.
The youngster's innings overshadowed his captain, Hashim Amla's hard-fought double century.
Bavuma shared a 167-run partnership with Chris Morris, taking The Proteas to over 600 runs, with Morris scoring a valiant 69 himself.
The pair met at the crease at an awkward time as the home side had just lost three wickets in quick succession for only 10 runs, including Amla, Quinton de Kock and Faf du Plessis for a well-played 86.
The swift fall of those wickets saw a shift in momentum as the English tails were now up.
However, Bavuma and Morris soon took back the initiative in what was a brilliant display of counterattack batting.
He showed of his skill set playing a diverse array of strokes around the ground as he cruised through to a wonderful century which included 16 boundaries.
The 25-year-old had the perfect foil in Morris who struck 10 boundaries himself, together with Bavuma, they added impetus into the South African innings taking the innings run rate to its peak.
Captain Amla and du Plessis must also be given credit for the way they easily negotiated the morning session, leaving the tourists wicketless.
It was Amla's third double-century and the fourth time he scored over 200 runs for his country.
Du Plessis' role must also not be forgotten as he fell 14 short of what would have been a deserved century.
The pair put on 171 runs, setting up the foundation for Bavuma and Morris to flourish on day four.
Soon after Bavuma reached his century, Amla declared on 627/7, two runs short of England's total of 629/6.
England openers Alex Hales and Alastair Cook safely made their way to stumps with England ending on 16/0.
A result is still very unlikely on what has been a superb batting wicket and a nightmare for bowlers.