The result leaves The Brazilians trailing Absa Premiership leaders SuperSport United by five points but in truth they deserved little out of what was a disappointing spectacle.
Chances were few and far between, though both sides did hit the woodwork – Lebo Ramolesa rattled the crossbar for Stars, while Nyasha Mushekwi hit a post late on for Sundowns.
Otherwise there was little to enthuse over, Richard Henyekane forced a good save from Siyabonga Mpontshane in the home goal, while Nathan Paulse beat the offside trap, but not Downs goalkeeper Wayne Sandilands.
Sundowns skipper Method Mwanjale was fortunate not to receive his marching orders late on when, having already been booked, he blatantly blocked off Stars’ Joseph Malangoane. There was no second yellow forthcoming from referee Lwandile Mfiki.
Sundowns will now have some time off with their next fixture only on November 20 at home to Maritzburg United in the League, while Stars now travel to Cape Town to meet Santos in the Telkom Knockout quarterfinals on Saturday.