A Keaton Jennings century helped England put Sri Lanka on the ropes in the first Test on Thursday, setting the hosts a daunting 462 to win at notoriously low-scoring Galle.
England declared at 322 for six on day three with Jennings 146 not out after a patient innings.
At the close of play, Sri Lanka were 15 without loss.
After stumps on Thursday 26-year-old Jennings conceded that the past half year had been "tough for me personally", but that he relishes the pressure.
"I enjoy it. I love the process of being involved, I love the process of feeling the heat, feeling the pressure, and I suppose waking up in the morning knowing you are on a knife edge," he said. "So it makes today that much more special."
SCORES IN BRIEF
ENGLAND: First innings 342
SRI LANKA: First innings 203
ENGLAND: Second innings 322 for 6 decl (Jennings 146 not out, Stokes 62; Perera 2-94, Herath 2-59)
SRI LANKA: Second innings 15 for no loss.