Both sides struggled to find their rhythm in the opening exchanges, opting to move the ball around patiently in search of opportunities to be more expansive.
The hosts created the first real chance of the encounter, Percy Tau picking out Sibusiso Vilakazi unmarked at the back post, the former Bidvest Wits midfielder was however foiled by a great save by Darren Keet.
Midway through the first half Downs took the lead; Percy Tau nicking the ball off of Phumlani Ntshangase, driving forward and playing in Zwane, who made no mistake slotting home low past Keet.
Hunt’s men looked to bounce back immediately through Lehlohonolo Majoro, his effort at the front post held by Denis Onyango after being played in by Daylon Claasen.
Masandawana were quick to turn defence into attack, forcing Buhle Mkhwanazi into an erroneous clearance that fell to Zwane, Edwin Gyimah doing enough to deny the cross from reaching its intended target.
Daine Klate looked to level matters after a perfectly weighted through ball by Ntshangase but again Onyango was on hand to foil Wits’ plans.
With the half drawing to a close Tau was able to capitalise on a loose pass in the midfield that saw the home side almost replicate their first goal. Vilakazi this time with the finish after being played in by Tau.
The second half saw both sides looking to impact the game with substitutions as Wits looked for a goal to keep the tie alive and Pitso’s side looking to firm things up at the back as they allowed the visitors time and space on the ball.
The Brazilians were able to keep the waves of Clever Boy attacks at bay, looking to play on the counter with pace.
Ultimately neither side could impact the scoreline in the second stanza and the game concluded with Sundowns bagging the three points.
The result sees Bidvest Wits slide to 11th on the log while Mamelodi Sundowns have extended their lead at the top of the Absa Premiership log to six points.